Help Identify a Car Thief

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On October 2, 2015, at approximately 5:26 p.m., a stolen white Honda Accord was involved in an accident in the 1600 block of North Haskell Avenue.  After crashing, four unknown suspects fled east on foot from the stolen vehicle.  One of the unknown male suspects returned to the vehicle to retrieve clothing and a photo was taken by a witness of the accident.  The stolen vehicle was reported on Case Number 226959-2015 and an accident report was reported on Case Number 228755-2015.

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects in this offense. If you have any information regarding this crime, the identity of the suspect in the photo, or the identity of the other suspects who fled from the vehicle please contact Auto Theft Detective R. Blades-Fregeau at 214-671-3530. 

Help US Identify U-Haul Theft Suspect

The Dallas Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect who was captured on video  taking a U-Haul truck without permission.

On September 19, 2015, between the hours of 2:40 a.m. and 2:46 a.m., the unknown suspect  captured in the above video took a U-Haul truck from 7015 South R.L. Thornton Freeway. The video shows a Black male walking around the parking lot in what appears to be dark-colored shorts and a white T Shirt. The male also appears to have braids and a receding hairline. On September 20, 2015, the stolen U-haul truck was abandoned and recovered by officers at 11810 C.F. Hawn Service Road. Officers inventoried the U-haul and found a full size ATM that had been broken open.

If you have any information regarding this offense or know the identity of the person in the video, please contact Crime Stoppers at  214-373-TIPS (8477) or the Major Crimes Unit at 214-671-3322.

Technology Used To Make Great Arrest!

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On September 13, 2015, at approximately 9:40 a.m., Officers P. Roth, #9799, and D. Richmond, #9666, responded to the 2300 block of Stemmons Trail regarding a Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. During the course of the investigation, the officers were informed that amongst the property taken was an iPhone. The officers were quick on their feet and activated the iPhone’s tracking feature, leading them to the suspects and the stolen property. The tracking feature steered the officers to the 10900 block of Harry Hines Boulevard. Once Roth and Richmond arrived to the possible location of the stolen property, they spotted the suspects’ vehicle parked at a hotel.  The officers discovered that the vehicle that the suspects were operating was also listed as stolen. 

Officers Roth and Richmond’s investigation directed them to a room inside the hotel where they observed three suspects and the stolen property. The officers recovered the property, the stolen vehicle, and a weapon that was also found at the scene. The officers did an outstanding job in investigating this offense, resulting in the solving of other offenses committed by this suspect:

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The charges from this arrest include Burglary of a Motor Vehicle, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Officers Roth and Richmond did an outstanding job!!!

Auto Theft Suspect Arrested

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On August 6, 2015, the Dallas Police Auto Theft Unit received a tip from http://www.TipSoft.com regarding an auto theft suspect operating out of Alvarez Auto Repair located at 10307 Denton Drive. The anonymous tip stated that the suspect, identified as Pedro Hernandez, steals vehicles daily and strips them to use the stolen parts to fix other “salvaged” vehicles. Specifically, the tip stated that the suspect was currently fixing up a salvage truck using parts off a stolen black Chevrolet truck. Due to the tip, detectives with the Dallas and Plano Police departments re-opened a closed case regarding the same suspect and location.

On August 6, 2015, Dallas Police Auto Theft Detectives Rendon #8163, Fregeau #7732, and Garza #7545 conducted a business inspection at Alvarez Auto Repair which is opened to the public.

Upon arrival detectives recognized the suspect who was working at the location. Detectives detained the suspect for an outstanding 2014 auto theft warrant. Mr. Hernandez initially gave detectives a false name but was subsequently identified and taken into custody.

The owner stated that Mr. Hernandez had been working at this location for several months and pointed out some of the trucks the suspect was working on. Detectives observed a tan colored truck missing the bed that was in the process of being rebuilt. The vehicle had black Chevrolet parts on it including the doors, fenders, and hood. The suspect stated he was working on that vehicle for someone else. All identifying markings on the black parts were scratched off and obliterated. Detectives then found a black Chevrolet truck bed on the side of the building along with a set of seats. A secondary VIN number identified that the black Chevrolet parts belong to a vehicle which was stolen on July 31, 2015 from a UT Southwestern parking lot.

The suspect was arrested for his outstanding warrant. A new warrant will be filed against the suspect for possessing the stolen vehicle parts. Detectives have determined this location to be an active “chop shop” and due to the tipster, were able to successfully identify, and arrest a key player in this operation. Detectives will continue to follow up this investigation to obtain and develop more leads or suspects.

Northwest Officers Nab Car Burglar

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On August 6, 2015, at approximately 11:28 p.m., officers responded to a call regarding a prowler in the 9700 block of Dale Crest Drive. The call sheet described the suspect as a Latin male, wearing a black t-shirt and black shorts, tampering with vehicles at the location. Upon arrival, the officers located a Latin male matching the description.  That male was walking around in the parking lot of the listed address and officers spoke with the man who identified himself as Jose Garcia, a known burglar and member of the gang Tango Blast. The officers observed Mr. Garcia holding a car stereo in his hand, which he was attempting to conceal with his t-shirt. He also had possession of a flat-head screwdriver, a tool commonly used to burglarize vehicles. Mr. Garcia was transported to the investigative unit for questioning where he verbally admitted to burglarizing the victim’s vehicle. The victim’s property was returned.  Job well done to the officers out of the Northwest Patrol Division for locating, identifying, and capturing the car burglar.

Help Catch These Car Thieves!

On May 30, 2015, between 3:00 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., two male suspects stole a 1989 Chevrolet Pickup at 7925 Hunnicut Road.  The surveillance video shows one suspect enter the driver’s door and later flees in the vehicle.  A second suspect follows the stolen vehicle out of the parking lot.  The offenses is documented on case #122289-2015.

On June 17, 2015, at 1:45 a.m., two male suspects attempted to steal a 1994 Chevrolet Suburban at 2117 John West Road.  The suspects entered the vehicle and damaged the steering column.  A witness observed this offense and yelled at the suspects.  Suspects aborted the offense and fled in a black, mid-size, older model 4 door vehicle with dark tinted windows.  The offense is documented on case #137596-2015.

Detectives believe both offenses may be related.  The video shown is of the offense that occurred on Hunnicut Road.  Detectives are requesting the public’s assistance.  If you know the identity of the suspects (seen on the video), please call the Major Crimes Tip Line at 214-671-3322 or Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS.

 

Auto Theft Prevention

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The Dallas Police Department’s Auto Theft Unit is seeing arise in the number of vehicles being stolen while left running to “warm up”.  We can all appreciate the comforts of getting into a warm vehicle when temperatures outside are seasonably uncomfortable, but you increase the likely hood that your vehicle could be easily stolen by a passerby.

It is also a violation of Dallas City Code 28-76.5 to leave car keys in an unattended vehicle.  In either case, it’s a cost that no one wants to pay and can be easily avoided.

As a reminder, property crimes, which includes auto theft and burglary of a motor vehicle (BMV), are the driving force behind our crime rate.   However, we can beat this type of crime together if a few precautionary measures are taken.  The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the Dallas Police Department recommends the following tips to prevent citizens from becoming victims of auto theft and break-ins.

  • Never leave your vehicle unattended with keys in the ignition
  • Lock your doors and keep the windows closed, even when parked in front of your home
  • Park in busy and well-lit areas
  • Do not leave in plain view valuables such as GPS, GPS holder, cell phone, iPads, etc.
  • Equip your vehicle with an alarm or other anti-theft devices
  • Never leave your vehicle registration or other personal documents in your vehicle

Following these safety tips should help prevent you from becoming a victim of auto theft and/or break-ins.  But if you do become a victim of auto theft, report it immediately. Provide local authorities with the make/model/license plate and vehicle ID number (VIN). A good idea is to keep a photo of your vehicle with the license plate number on your smartphone so that you can show officers. This will help get your vehicle information into the National Database faster. 

Criminals Are Always Shopping

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Regardless of the weather criminals are always waiting for the opportunity to strike.

The Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA), a division of the Texas Department of Motor
Vehicles, reminds drivers that a vehicle is burglarized every two minutes and stolen every eight minutes in the state. These crimes can escalate during the holiday seasons when drivers frequently shop for gifts and travel to visit friends and family, but can happen anytime or anywhere. The everyday hustle and bustle causes drivers to become negligent in locking doors and taking keys. To make matters worse, a thief won’t necessarily stop with taking your vehicle and the things inside.  They may also look for personal documents and items that can help them steal your identity or gain access to your home, where they can burglarize additional property.  In other words, the theft or burglary of your vehicle may simply be a gateway to the commission of additional crimes.

Auto burglars, BMV, are more likely to scout malls, shopping centers, entertainment venues, hotels, and other business parking lots this time of year looking for opportunities to break into vehicles.   Drivers need to understand that almost anything they leave inside their vehicles can be valuable to a thief.  And when vehicles are left unlocked and unattended, drivers are inviting thieves to walk away with everything they see inside, which often includes gifts, purses, wallets, packages, electronics, suitcases, garage door openers, keys, and personal information,”  Please lock your vehicles and hide your valuables in the trunk. 

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, thieves committed 214,294 acts of vehicle burglary and stole 65,671 vehicles in Texas during 2013.  In some jurisdictions, more than half of the vehicles stolen had unlocked doors and keys left inside.  But drivers can avoid becoming part of these statistics.  The ABTPA, the Dallas Police Department along with 28 vehicle crime task forces in Texas promote a basic vehicle crime prevention philosophy:  “Protect It, It’s Yours.”  Motorists should practice three basic safety tips to help prevent theft and burglary during the holidays and throughout the year:  1) remove belongings from view, 2) secure vehicles, and 3) never leave keys inside.  In addition to practicing these prevention methodologies, drivers should park in areas that are well-lit, near surveillance cameras (if available), and near heavy foot and vehicle traffic. The more thieves feel threatened by detection, the less likely they are to focus on targets in such areas.  

For more information on the ABTPA, auto burglary, vehicle theft, prevention, statistics, contacts for any of ABTPA’s 29 Texas vehicle crime task forces, public service information, or to schedule a presentation by task force personnel, call 800-CAR-WATCH or visit the ABTPA website at www.txwatchyourcar.com as well as the RATT website at www.texasratt.com

Car Burglary Suspect Caught!

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On December 13, 2014, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Officer Cortney Thornton, #8850, was working an off duty job at the Extended Stay Motel located at 2979 N. Stemmons when he heard breaking glass and went to investigate.  Officer Thornton found the suspect, Jeremey Amaud Modester, Black male 11-17-1986, leaning into a vehicle and taking property.  Officer Thornton approached and ordered the suspect to the ground as he called for cover officers.

Once the suspect was taken into custody, Officer Thornton found a second vehicle with broken glass parked next to the first vehicle he observed. 

A search of the suspect’s vehicle revealed more property that is believed to have been taken in different Burglary of Motor Vehicle (BMV) offenses.  A laptop was found and when checked by the arresting officer, it revealed personal information from a person who resides in Cedar Hill, Texas.  Officer Thornton called and the person stated that his laptop had been left in his vehicle last night and that he gave no one permission to take it.  The Cedar Hill Police Department was notified regarding this particulare offense.

Suspect Modester was taken to the Northwest Investigative Unit where he was interviewed by Detective K. Hensley, #6483.  The suspect was read his Miranda rights and he admitted to breaking into the vehicles on Stemmons Freeway.  Suspect Modester terminated his interview with detectives when questioned about the laptop stolen out of Cedar Hill.  That offense remains under investigation.

Suspect Modester was charged with Burglary of a Motor Vehicle which is documented on case # 295825-2014 and Criminal Mischief which is documented on case # 295906-2014.

Thanks to the alertness of Officer Thornton and the investigative work of Detective Hensley, another burglary suspect was taken off the street!

Do You Know this Person? If So, Help Us Identify Him

Dallas Police detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the pictured Burglary Motor Vehicle  suspect that has committed at least one offense in the Uptown area. He is described as a Latin male, approximately 25 to 30 years in age. He drives a red or maroon late model Jeep Wrangler four door with paper tags.

In the last week there have been a high number of burglaries of motor vehicles in the Uptown area. Most of the offenses are occurring in apartment complex parking garages with multiple vehicles being targeted during a single offense. The suspects are targeting vehicles that have had electronics left inside of them. The above pictures of the suspect and suspect vehicle were taken by parking security cameras during one of the recent offenses.

If anyone can identify the suspect or have additional information, please contact the Dallas Police Central Investigative Unit at 214-670-4414.