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Blotter: Software leads to arrests, recovery of items

Three 19-year-olds were charged with theft of a firearm and engaging in organized criminal activity Tuesday morning after they allegedly burglarized a vehicle, police said.

According to police reports, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 2300 block of Ranch House Drive after a vehicle burglary was reported. The victim told police that he had left the front driver’s-side door of the vehicle unlocked the night before. When he returned to his vehicle the following morning, he noticed the glovebox had been opened and that several items were missing, including a Smith and Wesson .357-caliber revolver and an iPad 2.

Police said they received a call from the victim a short time later reporting that an application had notified him that his iPad 2 was turned on. Officers were able to use the data from the application to track the device’s location to an apartment in the 1800 block of Jason Drive, reports stated.

After knocking on the door of the apartment, one of the officers heard someone inside say, “Hey, go get that pistol,” according to reports. Police detained all occupants of the apartment while they conducted a protective sweep of the property.

During the sweep, police said, some of the items reported as stolen by the complainant were in plain view.

A search warrant was obtained and three of the four people inside the apartment were charged with organized criminal activity, reports stated. During a search of the apartment, officers found the revolver, the iPad 2 and several other items that had been reported stolen.

Officials suspect that other items recovered from the apartment may be from other burglaries in the area.



From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

Denton County sheriff’s dispatchers handled 723 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies they serve. Forty-four people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 246 service and officer-initiated calls and posted 25 reports online.

Denton firefighters responded to 22 medical calls, one vehicle accident and assisted one agency.

Argyle firefighters responded to four medical calls and two traffic transport incidents. Argyle police responded to one terroristic threat report, one welfare concern and one traffic transport.

Aubrey firefighters responded to five medical calls, one odor investigation and one smoke investigation.

Bartonville police responded to seven traffic calls and one traffic complaint.

Carrollton police responded to 138 incidents and processed 184 people in the city jail from May 13 through Sunday.

Corinth police assisted one agency, assisted one motorist and responded to one noise complaint, one reckless driver, four road blocks, four suspicious activity calls, one theft report, 26 traffic calls, one vehicle complaint, one traffic transport incident and two animal complaints.

Double Oak police responded to one traffic call.

Hickory Creek police responded to one domestic disturbance, two suspicious activity calls, one theft, 20 traffic calls and one welfare concern.

Justin firefighters responded to two medical calls. Justin police responded to one loose livestock call, one road block, one traffic call and one animal complaint.

Krum firefighters responded to two medical calls, one structure fire and two traffic transport incidents. Krum police responded to one ordinance violation, one roadblock, one suspicious vehicle, 13 traffic calls, one animal complaint and assisted one motorist.

Krugerville police responded to two traffic calls.

Lake Cities firefighters responded to one fire, four medical calls and two traffic transport incidents.

Little Elm firefighters responded to one fire, three medical calls, one odor investigation and assisted two citizens. Little Elm police responded to two assaults, two domestic disturbance calls, one missing person, two narcotics calls, one roadblock, five suspicious activity calls, two thefts, 17 traffic calls, two welfare concerns and one animal complaint.

Lewisville police made nine arrests.

Oak Point firefighters responded to one medical call. Oak Point police responded to 15 traffic calls and one suspicious vehicle.

Ponder firefighters responded to one fire, one structure fire, one medical call and one traffic transport incident. Ponder police responded to one theft report.

Pilot Point firefighters responded to one downed power line, one roadblock and one medical call. Pilot Point police responded to one criminal mischief report, one criminal trespass call, one reckless driver, one roadblock and one suspicious activity report.

Sanger firefighters responded to one medical call and two traffic transport incidents. Sanger police responded to four traffic calls, one welfare concern, three traffic transport incidents and one animal complaint.

The Colony firefighters responded to two medical calls and one lightning strike with no fire.

Trophy Club firefighters responded to one fire. Trophy Club police responded to two fraud calls, two ordinance violations, one roadblock, one suspicious person, four traffic calls, five animal complaints and assisted one motorist.

— Megan Gray