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Blotter: Argyle police investigating recent rash of car burglaries

Argyle police are investigating eight confirmed car burglaries that have taken place since Friday in three neighborhoods, Police Chief William Tackett said Tuesday.

The suspects, who have not been identified, are targeting unlocked cars in the Pecan Acres, Thornridge and Country Lakes subdivisions, Tackett said. Six cars have been burglarized on the same street in Country Lakes, he said, with one burglary in Pecan Acres and another in Thornridge.

Tackett said there may have been other vehicle break-ins that haven't been reported because nothing was taken.

Tackett said police aren't sure whether all the burglaries are connected to the same suspect or group of suspects. Investigators are pursuing surveillance footage from the affected areas, he said.

"History tells us this is either an individual or group of people that are coming to town doing it," he said, adding police typically see an uptick in car burglaries every summer.

Tackett said anyone who wants to report suspicious activity, no matter how trivial, can call the Denton County Sheriff's Office non-emergency number at 940-349-1600.

Other reports

Intersection of Hickory Street and Carroll Boulevard — A motorcyclist was taken to Medical City Denton early Sunday after police said the driver of a 2001 Honda Accord ran a red light and struck him.

Police spokesman Bryan Cose said the 23-year-old man did not suffer major injuries. Patrol officers arrived on the scene about 12:15 a.m., but the incident did not prompt a response from traffic investigators, Cose said.

Cose said the driver of the Accord, a 19-year-old woman, stayed on the scene after hitting the man. He said she received a citation for running a red light, and both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.

A witness later posted footage of the incident from a dashboard camera on Twitter: 

1500 block of McCormick Street — A 34-year-old woman claims an acquaintance stole her purse Monday while threatening her with knives.

Denton police, who are investigating the incident, said the woman's story had inconsistencies. She said she was picking up her belongings about 8 p.m. at a home when "a person whom she knows" struck her in the face, threatened her with two knives and took her purse containing medication, according to a police report.

The report did not include further information. No arrests have been made.

2600 block of West University Drive — Denton police arrested a man Monday on drug and theft charges after responding to a call about a shoplifting in progress at Academy Sports and Outdoors.

After police arrived and completed their investigation, they charged the man with possession of a controlled substance. The report did not specify the drug associated with the charge.

Officers also said they found the unidentified stolen items in his vehicle and charged the suspect with theft of property less than $2,500 with two or more previous convictions.

1500 block of Meadow Street — A 20-year-old man said someone broke into a residence through an unlocked window Monday and took electronics at The Republic at Denton apartments.

Police collected fingerprints from the window, but no suspect information was available, according to a police report. No arrests were made.

Roundup

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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 973 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 25 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton police handled 132 calls for service and made 11 arrests.

Denton firefighters responded to 20 medical calls and one passenger vehicle fire.