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Blotter: Suspect at large following Denton bank robbery

Denton police are looking for a man who took a bag with more than $4,000 in cash from Guaranty Bank after a robbery Wednesday morning, police spokesman Shane Kizer said. 

No injuries were reported, and the man never displayed a weapon, Kizer said. The suspect was described as a 5-foot, 8-inch white man with strawberry blonde hair and a medium build. Witnesses said he appeared to be in his 30s. 

Kizer said the suspect was first seen walking into Washington Federal Bank in the 3100 block of Wind River Lane, directly across the street from Guaranty Bank. The suspect, Kizer said, asked about the bank's insurance rates before leaving. At the time, he was wearing an over-sized leather coat with the hood over his head, police said. 

Police believe the suspect changed into an orange hoodie with the word "swoosh" written across it before walking across the street. The man, who again placed the hood over his head, entered Guaranty Bank and gave the teller a note, police said. Responding officers didn't indicate what the note said in their report, but the man also handed the teller a bag in which to place the money, Kizer said. 

Several other people were inside the bank when the teller gave the man the bag with the cash inside it, police said. Police received the first emergency call at about 9:30 a.m. 

Witnesses told 911 dispatchers the man left and got into the passenger seat of a Cadillac, which was parked at Josten's jeweler, police said. No arrests have been made. 

No injuries after chimney fire at Denton home 

No one was injured or displaced after a chimney caught fire Thursday at a single-family home in the 3000 block of Penniman Road, according to Denton Battalion Fire Chief Brian Glenn. 

He said the fire did not spread to the attic or any areas inside the house. It was mostly concentrated on the exterior wood around the chimney and roof, he said. 

Firefighters responded to the call at about 5:18 p.m. A family of four was inside at the time, and they noticed a fire burning stronger than usual in the fireplace, Glenn said. 

He said the exterior fire likely resulted from the amount of smoke residue inside the chimney. 

Other reports 

4100 block of Silver Dome — A 34-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night on an active warrant before Denton police found two hydrocodone pills in his possession at the city jail, according to a report. 

Police were initially dispatched to serve a warrant at the Woodhaven Mobile Home Park in Denton. After they found the pills at the jail, he was charged with possession of a controlled substance. 

2200 block of South Interstate 35E — A Sears cashier was "swindled" out of $1,300 on Wednesday after two suspects asked the cashier to make change, according to police. 

The asset protection officer at the store told police the suspects, whose gender was not specified in the report, went inside the store to make several purchases. They asked the clerk for change during the transaction, which led to them getting away with $1,300, police said. 

The report did not elaborate. No arrests were made. 

Intersection of North Austin and Congress streets — Denton police said a man tried to steal several packages from a woman's front porch on Wednesday, according to the report. 

The packages were retrieved, the report said, but the 33-year-old victim said she wanted to press charges. 


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

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 791 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 59 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 140 calls for service and made 11 arrests.

Denton firefighters handled 20 medical calls, one vehicle fire and three calls for public service.