The Southlake Police Department is asking residents to use extra caution when answering the door to anyone they do not know. The department has recently received a report of a suspicious male who has approached several homeowners in Southlake and other surrounding cities.
The man reportedly knocks on the door and tells the homeowner that he lives around the corner and is locked out of his house. He also asks the homeowner if anyone else is home, such as a spouse, and he may ask for a small amount of money.
The man was described as a white male, balding, in his 30s or 40s with tattoos on his arms. The male may also have facial hair and was last reported to be wearing a red shirt. Police are looking for any surveillance cameras in the area that may help lead them to this suspect, as well as provide any additional information.
Southlake Police Officers responded to the latest call last night in the 200 block of Timber Lake Dr. The suspect was gone upon officers’ arrival. Officers were later called back to the house after the homeowner said she heard someone in her backyard. Officers searched the area but the suspect had already fled.
Southlake Police Officers maintained a heavy presence in the area throughout the night, and detectives continue to investigate to develop leads. Southlake Police are urging residents to stay vigilant and to contact the Police Department if they have any information related to this or a similar incident. Southlake Police are also asking for any video surveillance from the Timber Lake subdivision to assist with this investigation.
What to do?
In Texas, a vehicle is burglarized every 2 ½ minutes and a vehicle is stolen every 5 minutes. Those statistics are staggering especially when combined with a recent increase in vehicle burglaries in several North Texas cities, including Southlake.
To help keep citizens from becoming a victim of theft, the Southlake Police Department is urging everyone to be more vigilant about locking their car doors and checking to make sure items of value are not visible to thieves.
Police say it only takes seconds for a thief to break into a vehicle and steal a purse, wallet or other valuables; which can also lead to identity theft.
Working together to reduce crime, Carroll ISD and the Southlake Police Department have placed “Hide, Lock, Take” signs in school parking lots. The signs serve as a reminder for drivers to Hide your things, Lock your car, and Take your keys.
On Sunday September 2nd, the Southlake Police Department responded to a residential burglary in progress in the Southview residential neighborhood. NETCOM (Keller Dispatch) received a call at approximately 1:57p.m. from a juvenile stating he was home alone and that someone was breaking down the rear door of his residence. The victim also stated the intruder was armed with a firearm. The victim had the presence of mind to flee to an interior room where he remained hidden from the suspect.
Southlake Police Officers arrived on scene at 2:02p.m. while the dispatcher maintained communication with the juvenile. Responding officers located evidence at the scene which corroborated the reports received through dispatch that a crime was being committed. It was quite apparent at the scene that the victim’s location within the residence was not known to the possible intruder. For the safety of the victim, the North Tarrant Regional SWAT team responded. After a methodical approach, NTR SWAT was able to safely evacuate the victim from the residence. After the home was thoroughly searched, it was determined the suspect had fled prior to the officer’s arrival. Southlake Police Detectives responded to the scene and collected evidence. The victim provided a description of the suspect and, with the assistance of the Fort Worth Police Department, a composite sketch of the suspect was developed. This composite sketch assisted in the identification of the suspect.
The Police Department was later notified of two additional residential burglaries that occurred in the Southview neighborhood at approximately the same time as the above incident. Southlake Police Detectives investigated the crimes and developed viable leads.
On Tuesday September 11th, Southlake Police Detectives were notified by the San Angelo Police Department that, on September 3rd, they arrested a man for traffic offenses that occurred in San Angelo. San Angelo Detectives developed information that the traffic violator, Jerred Matthew Denton (DOB 10-26-80), was linked to at least one of the reported residential burglaries in Southlake. At the time of the arrest, Mr. Denton was found to be in possession of property taken from one of the Southlake burglaries and was also found to be in possession of a stolen firearm.
Wednesday morning (9/12), Southlake Police Detectives secured a warrant for the arrest of Jerred Matthew Denton on a charge of Burglary of a Habitation. Mr. Denton was in the custody of the San Angelo Police Department. Southlake Police Detectives traveled to San Angelo on Wednesday to interview Mr. Denton. Detective Karl Moore and Sergeant Jeff Marler obtained a confession from the suspect for all three burglaries. 32 year old Jerred Denton remains in custody in San Angelo and will be extradited to Tarrant County in the coming days.