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Blotter: City asks residents to be aware of copper thefts

The city of Denton and Denton Municipal Electric are urging residents to be watchful about copper thefts after at least $7,000 worth of the metal was taken from utility poles in the 800 block of James Street recently.

City officials said thieves cut copper wiring from nine utility poles that spanned the length of the block.

DME says it estimates the financial loss from the theft to be nearly $7,000, which includes the cost of the stolen wire, cost of replacing the stolen wire and labor and equipment costs.

This is the only theft DME officials have experienced in the past several months. They are working with the Denton County Sheriff’s Office and the Denton Police Department to help identify the suspects involved.

Officials from DME say they estimate the stolen metal to be worth about $2,000 in scrap.

If you believe you are witnessing a copper theft, police urge you to call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to engage or stop the theft, stay a safe distance from the activity and wait for police to arrive.


Other reports

100 block of West University Drive — On Thursday police responded to a possession of a controlled substance call after a 35-year-old woman was found inhaling a product behind a drug store, according to reports.

Police said an officer was dispatched to the store after someone stole two, 10-ounce cans of canned air and was found behind the business inhaling the product, reports state.

The woman was charged with inhaling a volatile chemical. Police said she also had a warrant on a public intoxication charge.

1200 block of Interstate 35E — A 24-year-old man was a victim of vandalism Thursday afternoon, police said. The man reported that his ex-girlfriend might be responsible for several shattered windows on his vehicle. The cost of the damage is unknown.

1900 block of Rodger Lane — A Providence Village man reported to sheriff’s deputies that someone used his bank information Thursday morning, according to reports. Records show the man reported someone transferred money out of his bank account without his consent.

The amount of money transferred was not listed.



From 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday:

Denton County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers handled 717 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Thirty people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 319 service and officer-initiated calls and posted 20 reports online.

Denton firefighters responded to 26 medical calls, one gas leak, two authorized controlled burns, two vehicle accidents, one electrical wiring problem, one good intent call and one police matter.

Argyle firefighters responded to one grass fire, one structure fire and one medical call. Argyle police assisted one agency and one motorist and responded to 13 traffic calls, one animal complaint, one loose livestock call and one welfare concern.

Aubrey firefighters responded to five medical calls, one illegal burn, one traffic call and unlocked two vehicles. Aubrey police officers responded to five traffic calls, three suspicious activity calls and assisted one motorist.

Bartonville police responded to one building check.

Corinth police responded to one criminal mischief report, one loose livestock call, two reckless drivers, 16 traffic calls, one harassment report, one deadly conduct call, one structure fire, one medical call, five traffic incidents and three animal complaints.

Double Oak police responded to two traffic calls.

Hickory Creek police assisted two agencies and responded to one domestic disturbance, one intoxicated person, two suspicious activity calls, 11 traffic calls and assisted two motorists.

Highland Village firefighters responded to one structure fire.

Justin firefighters responded to one illegal burn and four medical calls. Justin police responded to three traffic calls.

Krum firefighters responded to one traffic incident. Krum police responded to one criminal mischief report, one animal bite and one animal complaint.

Krugerville police assisted one agency and responded to one road blockage and seven traffic calls.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to one assault/sexual assault, one structure fire, two traffic incidents, two welfare concerns and four medical calls.

Little Elm firefighters responded to two alarm fires, one structure fire, one traffic incident, one welfare concern and four medical calls. Little Elm police responded to one auto theft report, assisted one agency and responded to one criminal trespass in progress, one harassment report, one noise complaint, eight suspicious activity calls, one animal complaint, 17 traffic calls and one welfare concern.

Lewisville firefighters responded to one structure fire. Lewisville police made 10 arrests.

Oak Point police officers responded to one disturbance call, six traffic calls, one suspicious activity call, two road blocks, three ordinance violations and assisted two motorists.

Ponder firefighters responded to one traffic incident and assisted one citizen. Ponder police responded to one narcotic call, one traffic call and assisted one citizen.

Pilot Point firefighters assisted two citizens. Pilot Point police responded to two noise complaints, two suspicious activity calls, one traffic call and one welfare concern.

Sanger firefighters responded to one medical call and two traffic accidents. Sanger police responded to two criminal mischief reports, one loose livestock, one noise complaint, one reckless driver, one suspicious vehicle, nine traffic calls, one welfare concern, two traffic incidents and assisted one motorist.

The Colony firefighters responded to five medical calls, one smoke scare and one public service call.

Trophy Club firefighters responded to one alarm fire, one carbon monoxide or hazmat call, one medical call and assisted two citizens. Trophy Club police responded to one carbon monoxide or hazmat call, one domestic disturbance call, one missing person report, one person with a gun call, two suspicious activity calls, 10 traffic calls and assisted one motorist.

— Megan Gray