Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Police Advisory: Suspicious Man and Vehicle

The Southlake Police department was notified Friday, January 8thabout an incident involving school children that occurred the previous day. Officers responded to the 100 block of Belmont Place Circle to gather information from a Southlake parent.

The parent reported that a man in a car approached several school children near the cul-de-sac as they exited their school bus Thursday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. The children told the parent that the man said something about “My Little Pony” toys. One child began to walk towards the vehicle but was quickly stopped by her brother.

The children began to walk in the opposite direction when the male reportedly said, “You better watch out” and then drove away.

The driver is described as an older, thin male with white hair and a beard. The vehicle is described as a blue passenger car or SUV, possibly a Ford.

Southlake Police Officers continue to monitor the area. Residents are urged to call police if this suspicious man and vehicle are seen in our community. They can call *911 or the non-emergency number (817) 743-4522.

Public Works Helps Police With "Hide, Lock, Take" Initiative

The Southlake Police Department would like to send a special “Thank you” to employees with the Public Works Department for assisting us with displaying dozens of Hide, Lock, Take signs around Southlake Town Square.  The signs are part of the police department’s Holiday Safety Initiative to help reduce vehicle burglaries. The program has a simple but valuable message. “Hide your things, Lock your vehicle and Take your keys.”

Our Community Initiatives Officer Renni Burt, along with several Southlake Police Officers, also met with local business owners and managers to make them aware of the program and ask for their assistance in reminding shoppers to follow the Hide, Lock, Take guidelines.  Police Chief Stephen Mylett says, “Reducing thefts in the City of Southlake is a community effort and the police department is confident this proactive approach will make a positive difference.”

Vehicle burglaries can occur at any time but they typically increase during the holidays.  Thieves are looking for any valuables left in plain view inside cars including: shopping bags from items that you just purchased to laptops and iPhones.  “If a thief spies something they want, even if your car is locked, they will smash a window and take it. Our goal is to help our citizens and visitors to the City of Southlake avoid becoming victims of a crime,” added Chief Mylett. The Hide, Lock, Take signs will serve as an added reminder to shoppers and a great deterrent to thieves.

The Southlake Police Department has purchased one hundred of the Hide, Lock, Take signs with plans to put them in various shopping areas and other high traffic areas throughout the City including the local tennis court to help reduce thefts.

Remember, it takes only seconds for thieves to steal your valuables from inside your vehicle so take a few moments to Hide your things, Lock your car and Take your keys.  We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Holiday shopping experience in the City of Southlake.

Alert Southlake Police Officer Makes Arrest

A couple accused of a string of vehicle burglaries in the City of Southlake apparently were unaware of news alerts about the crimes including a description of their vehicle.  They were also unaware that Southlake DPS Police Officers were on the lookout for them and their red Dodge Charger. The duo definitely didn’t count on alert Police Officer Frank Rogers either. Officer Rogers spotted the couple’s vehicle soon after reports that they had struck again; smashing the windows of several cars and allegedly stealing the valuables inside.

Officer Rogers was on routine patrol on Wednesday, January 18th when he spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one reported to be involved in several thefts that morning.  He followed the pair into a local business parking lot and notified Detective Venessa Trevino.  Their teamwork and subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of a husband and wife from Whitesboro, Texas.

Several items observed in the couple’s car matched the property reported stolen from the earlier Southlake vehicle burglaries. Detective Trevino charged the individuals with those vehicle burglaries, and the female has been also been charged with credit card abuse.  Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues. Police Chief Stephen Mylett said, “This is great police work and teamwork at its best!  I am extremely proud of the efforts of Officer Rogers and Detective Trevino!”

The investigation is ongoing to determine whether the couple is connected to other burglaries or crimes, which have occurred in Southlake and the surrounding areas over the last several months.

Meanwhile, this recent arrest serves as a good reminder to residents to follow the guidelines in the “Take, Lock and Hide” program. Always, take your purse or wallet with you; never leave them in your vehicle.  Lock or hide all valuables in the trunk of your car so they are out of sight. Southlake DPS wants to help keep you from becoming a target or victim of thieves.