Crime of the week: Armed Ambush
At 1:40 a.m. on June 22, a robber threatened a man at gunpoint as he sat on his backyard patio in the 3200 block of Cornell Avenue. The crook demanded money, which the victim said he didn’t have. So the victim drove the gunman in his Range Rover to an ATM in the 3000 block of Monticello Avenue in Dallas, so he could withdraw the maximum $500. The two men negotiated in the parking lot before returning to the house, where the victim lunged for the robber’s revolver during another tense confrontation. The homeowner was led upstairs and forced into a closet inside the master bathroom, where he tried to call police as his house was being ransacked. By the time officers arrived, the gunman and an armed accomplice had gathered three bags filled with items including six designer watches, a Louis Vuitton wallet, several pairs of Nike shoes, and various clothing and accessories. Both men tried to leave through the back door, but were forced back inside by police. They eventually left through the front instead, leaving everything behind except for the watches and the cash, and fled on foot to the alley, where they eluded police in a green Mitsubishi SUV. On June 25, Michael Glenn Watts of Duncanville was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery and evading arrest.
At 3:42 p.m., a resident of the 3300 block of Beverly Drivereported the theft of three packages from the front porch of a house on June 14. The homeowner was out of town and only noticed the thefts when realizing they never received the deliveries. Stolen items included a $300 pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, a $25 pair of golf gloves, and $8 worth of toiletries.
At 11:34 a.m., a thief stole a T-Mobile Galaxy phone from a display shelf inside the Tom Ford store at Highland Park Village.
At 11:54 p.m., police busted a house party in the 3400 block of Drexel Drive that included about 40 underage attendees with multiple cases of beer and an empty vodka bottle in plain sight. A 19-year-old with an arrest history, who claimed to live at the house, was detained after his breath smelled of alcohol. He was given a ticket for minor in possession, and the other partygoers were released to parents or adult guardians.
At 9:47 a.m., a resident of the 2800 block of Westminster Avenue reported that a vandal intentionally disconnected a line inside an alarm box sometime after March 22.
Between 1:57 p.m. on June 22 and 9 a.m. on June 23, a shoplifter stole two Xbox wireless controllers, valued at $60, from GameStop in the 6400 block of Hillcrest Avenue.
At 11:40 a.m., a resident of the 4300 block of Windsor Parkwayreported the theft of two antique chairs, valued at $3,000, by a delivery man on June 2.
At 4:18 p.m., Aaron Kristian Romero, 44, of University Park was arrested at The Plaza at Preston Center on a public intoxication charge.
Between 12:30 and 9 a.m., a thief entered an unlocked white 2015 Cadillac Escalade in the 4100 block of Purdue Street and stole a $5,000 Louis Vuitton purse containing a $500 Vuitton wallet and a $400 iPad.
At 2:30 a.m., Christopher Kelly Kearns, 22, of University Park was arrested in the 6200 block of Hillcrest Avenue on a public intoxication charge.
Between 11 p.m. on June 26 and 6:26 p.m. on June 27, a thief entered an unlocked black 2007 GMC Yukon in the 3600 block of Bryn Mawr Drive and stole two pairs of sunglasses with a combined value of $500.
At 3:50 p.m., a suspicious person got into a white 2006 Dodge Caravan at Snider Plaza before trying to evade police and eventually abandoning the van.