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Blotter: Dallas cop posts bail after arrest on shoplifting charge in Denton County

Dallas police Officer Christopher Hankins was released from Denton County Jail on Thanksgiving Day after he was accused of shoplifting groceries at a Wal-Mart in Cross Roads. 

Christopher Hankins
Christopher Hankins

Capt. Orlando Hinojosa, a spokesman for the Denton County Sheriff's Office, said Hankins was released Nov. 23 after posting $1,000 bail. He was arrested the previous day on a charge of theft between $750 and $2,500. 

The Northeast Police Department responded to the theft report about 1:30 a.m. at the Wal-Mart  in the 11700 block of  U.S. Highway 380, according to The Dallas Morning News. The officer had been wearing his Dallas Police Department windbreaker, The News reported, and a manager said he was in the store for about two hours. 

Police told the newspaper that Hankins had 169 items worth about $830 in his cart. They also said his breath smelled of alcohol. 

Hankins told police he had been separated from his 19-year-old girlfriend in the store, and he left because he was worried his car had been stolen, according to the paper. 

He is on administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation, Dallas police told The News. 

Vandals party inside unsold home in Argyle 

Vandals damaged Sheetrock in three new houses in far south Denton, including one that appeared to be the location of a party, according to police.

Denton police responded to the criminal mischief call Monday morning in the Bloomfield Homes and Country Lakes subdivision. None of the damaged homes had been sold, department spokesman Shane Kizer said.

He said one home in the neighborhood had a hole in a wall and another had a hole in a ceiling. In one of those homes, police found beer bottles, cans, plastic cups, a pizza box and two damaged windows, he said.

In a third home on another street in the neighborhood, Kizer said it looked like "somebody had stepped through the ceiling." The walls were also damaged in several spots in the living room, he said.

Kizer said police cannot yet confirm whether all the damage is tied to the same vandals. No arrests have been made.

Other reports 

1500 block of Willowwood Street — A man said he recognized one of two juvenile suspects who were seen vandalizing his car at a local church, according to a police report. 

Denton police responded to the Denton Willowwood Church-Nazarene about 8:30 a.m. Monday. Two juveniles had vandalized the man's small sedan on the property, the report said. 

A witness had video footage and a picture of one of the suspects. The victim recognized the person in the photo, but no arrests were made at the time of the report. 

1100 block of West Hickory Street — Police responded to a report of a man making threatening comments to store clerks Monday at Midway Craft House for not selling him alcohol without identification, according to police. 

Police took a harassment report, but no arrests were made. 

3900 block of Teasley Lane — No arrests were made Monday after a 26-year-old woman said she was assaulted by her boyfriend in the Lakewood Estates mobile home park. 

The woman called police about 10:30 p.m., but the suspect left before police arrived. 


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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 900 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 40 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 157 calls for service and made eight arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 21 medical calls, two vehicle crashes, two gas leaks and four calls for public service.