Dallas Police Major Crimes Unit Makes Huge Counterfeit Bust

Officers from the Dallas Intellectual Property Rights Task Force ran a search warrant last week on the “Big T” Plaza in the 4500 block of Village Fair Drive where several businesses were selling counterfeit handbags, jewelry, clothing, shoes, and accessories.

Members of the Dallas Intellectual Property Rights Task Force participating in this operation included the Dallas Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Dallas Sheriff’s Office, Grand Prairie Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

During this operation, officers arrested five individuals for Trademark Counterfeiting, a third degree felony, and seized over 13,500 counterfeit items with an MSRP value of almost $3 million. 

Detectives from the Intellectual Property Rights Task Force said this was an important operation because the sale of counterfeit merchandise hurts the economy and often times the money earned from selling counterfeit merchandise is used to fund terrorism. While detectives have not found any direct links to terrorism in this case, they want individuals to know that selling and purchasing counterfeit merchandise for any reason will not be tolerated in the City of Dallas. 

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Car Thief Captured With the Help of Air One!

On March 21, 2016, at approximately 8:35 PM, undercover plain clothes officers observed a stolen tractor trailer pull into an apartment parking lot.  Uniformed officers in marked squads were called in and as they attempted a traffic stop, the driver of the stolen vehicle speed away and drove off the roadway onto Kiest Boulevard and Bradley Street.

The driver of the stolen tractor trailer was able to exit the vehicle and fled on foot. Air One was monitoring from above and assisted the officer from above. As the officers on the ground pursued the suspect on foot. Air One was able to give officers the location of the suspect. Uniformed officers located and took the suspect Geane Doby, A Black/male/48, into custody without incident. The stolen vehicle was recovered and documented on case number 068054-2016. 

Thanks to work of all the officers involved, this car thief is now off the street!

Thieves Attempt to Break Into Safe

On Saturday, March 13, 2016, at about 4:24 a.m., three (3) suspects pried open the side door to Campisis Restaurant, located at 1520 Elm Street.  The three suspects entered the location and attempted to pry open the safe.  The suspects were unsuccessful and fled the location.  Major Crimes responded to the location to investigate the scene. This offense is documented on case #061404-2016 and the investigation is on-going.

Below is video surveillance of the three suspects who can be seen on video prying the side door open. The Dallas Police Department requests the public’s assistance.  If you have information that can assist in solving this case or identifying these suspects, contact Detective Jason Jarc with Major Crimes. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477).

Yo Quiero (I Want) Taco Bell Burglary Suspects Identified

On March 1, 2016, in the early morning hours an unknown suspect entered through the ventilation system of the Taco Bell located at 2245 West Northwest Highway without permission. Once inside the location the suspect used a saw with a metal cutting blade to enter the safe and remove money. The suspect then fled through the fire exit door.

The suspect is wearing brown military style desert boots, blue jeans tucked in the boots, a tight red long sleeve shirt, black face mask, black puma baseball cap, and mechanix gloves. This offense is documented on case number 49966-2016.

If you have any information regarding this offense please contact Major Crimes Detective Travis McAnally at  214-671-4342. Please see the posted video.

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Suspects Caught on Camera!

On Sunday, February 21, 2016 at about 4:55 a.m., two (2) hooded/gloved suspects pried the rear door to the Church’s Chicken, located at 4656 Scyene Road.  The two suspects entered location and attempted to pry open the safe.  The suspects were unsuccessful and fled the location.  Major Crimes responded to the location to investigate the scene. This offense is documented on case #042258-2016 and the investigation is on-going.

Below is video surveillance of one of the suspects who can be seen on video looking into the camera.  This suspect’s face is visible.  The Dallas Police Department requests the public’s assistance.  If you have information that can assist in solving this case or identifying these suspects,  contact Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477).

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Robbery of Sam’s Grocery Store on Surveillance Footage

On November 23, 2015, at about 8:30 p.m., a black male suspect entered the Sam’s Grocery Store located at 717 Ann Arbor Ave. and jumped over the counter. The suspect pointed a handgun at the employee and demanded cash. The suspect then fled the store with the cash taken from the register.

The Suspect is described as a black male, 23-30 years old, 5’ 11” tall, weighing 200 pounds. The suspect has a dark skin tone and a dreadlock hair style.  The suspect was wearing a dark blue jacket and dark colored pants.

Detectives only recently were able to convert surveillance footage of this robbery and are releasing it in hopes that someone can identify him.

Case Number                Date  ___      __ _Time         _____              _Location                 ____

273241-2015               11/23/15               8:30 p.m.                    717 Ann Arbor Ave       

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information on this robbery is asked to call Detective Jones at (214) 671-4310.  If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS (8477).

 

Help Identify Suspects on Robbery Spree

UPDATE:

On February 3, 2016, at 2:36 a.m., a black male suspect wearing a white hoodie and black pants entered the Residence Inn by Marriott located at 10333 North Central Expressway. The suspect jumped over the counter and pointed a gun at the employee.  The employee stepped back while the suspect removed cash from the register.  The suspect then walked up to a visitor at the hotel, and while holding the gun to his side, demanded her watch. The suspect fled the hotel with the cash and the watch.

At 2:46 a.m. the same suspect approached the locked front door to the Stay America Hotel located at 12121 Coit Road. The suspect smashed the glass out of the front door, entered the hotel and made his way to the vacant office.  The suspect located a key to the register, opened the register, and stole the cash. An employee who observed this offense on a closed circuit television telephoned 9-1-1. This was reported as a burglary  on case #027050-2016.

North Central patrol officers responded to the call and observed the suspect walk from the Stay America Hotel and enter a silver Chevrolet Impala.  Officers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle but the suspect vehicle fled and officers followed.  The suspect vehicle was disabled by spike strips deployed by Richardson Police Officers and came to a stop at 15500 El Estado in Dallas.

Joshua Douglas Wesson, B/M/01-19-85, jumped from the front passenger seat and fled on foot. He was captured a short distance away by a canine officer.  Erica Nicole Bonner, B/F/11-05-84, stepped from the driver seat and surrendered.

Mr. Wesson and Ms. Bonner were transported to police headquarters where they were interviewed by detectives.  Mr. Wesson admitted to his involvement in the Aggravated Robbery of the Residence Inn and to robbing an individual inside the hotel as he was leaving.  He went on to admit to having committed the burglary of the Stay America Hotel.

Additionally Mr. Wesson admitted to his involvement in 5 Aggravated Robberies that occurred on February 1st and February 2, 2016. These offenses where highlighted in a February 2nd Dallas Police press release. 

  • La Quinta Inn                          025359-2016        02/01/2016 4:45 a.m.      7815 LBJ Frwy.
  • Ramada Inn Park Central        026202-2016        02/02/2016 2:20 a.m.      8102 LBJ Frwy.
  • Individual Robbery                 026190-2016        02/02/2016 1:49 a.m.      6907 La Cosa Dr.                   
  • Individual Robbery                 026195-2016        02/02/2016 1:49 a.m.           6907 La Cosa Dr.             
  • Individual Robbery                 026194-2016        02/02/2016 2:07 a.m.      7652 Fall Meadow         

Mr. Wesson is in the Dallas County Jail charged with multiple Aggravated Robberies, Evading Arrest, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and a Probation Violation. Ms. Bonner is in the Dallas County Jail charged with 2 Aggravated Robberies and Evading Arrest.

ORIGINAL POST: February 2, 2016 at 16:11

On February 1, 2016, unknown suspects robbed the LaQuintaInn at 7815 LBJ Freeway at gunpoint. 

On February 2, 2016, in the span of one hour these suspects may have robbed 6 individuals  and the Ramada Inn at 8102 LBJ Freeway at gunpoint. They were observed fleeing in a dark colored Chevrolet Tahoe. 

Case Number​​   Date_____ _Time_____     _Location___               Detective_____ 

025359-2016​​02/01/2016​4:45 a.m.​  7815 LBJ Serv. WB ​            

026175-2016​​02/02/2016​1:20 a.m.​  5769 Beltline Rd. ​​

026189-2016​​02/02/2016​1:35 a.m.​  6069 Beltline Rd​           

026190-2016​​02/02/2016​1:49 a.m.​  6907 La Cosa Dr​           

026195-2016​​02/02/2016​1:49 a.m.​  6907 La Cosa Dr​           

026194-2016​​02/02/2016​2:07 a.m.​  7652 Fallmeadow Ln            

026202-2016​​02/02/2016​2:20 a.m.​  8102 LBJ Serv. EB​           

The Dallas Police Department is investigating 6 separaterobberies of individual victims and two business robberies that Police believe to have been committed by the same suspects captured in this video.  The suspects are described as:

  • Suspect 1:  B/M/ 20-25 years old, 6’ 0” tall, weighing 190 pounds, wearing a white hoodie, and black beanie with a pom pom on top. 
  • Suspect 2: B/M/ 20-25 years old, 6’ 0” tall, weighing 210 pounds, wearing a black hoodie, white shorts, and black beanie
  • Suspect 3: B/M/ 18-22 years old, 5’ 7” tall, weighing 150 pounds, wearing a black hoodie, jeans, and a black beanie 
  • Suspect Vehicle: Dark colored Chevrolet Tahoe

Anyone who recognizes these suspects or has information on these robberies is asked to call Detective Thayer at (214) 671-3657. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS (8477).

Keeping Dallas Safe: Teen Robber Arrested for 5 Robberies!

On January 18, 2016, Southeast Patrol Officers arrested a 16 year old Black male juvenile, who has been charged with 5 counts of Aggravated Robbery: 1 count out of Seagoville, 1 count out of Crandall and 3 out of the City of Dallas.

The three robberies that occurred in Dallas all occurred at the Exxon located at 1920 S. Beltline Road. They are documented on service numbers listed below.

303091-2015 – December 30, 2015, 5:20 am
001084-2016 – January 2, 2016, 9:46 am
004119-2016 – January 14, 2016, 1:46 am

The Dallas Police Department Robbery and Metro Unit were working together to identify the suspect. The Metro Unit received information on the identity of suspect. Once the suspect was identified, Robbery detectives issued a warrant for the juvenile.

The Seagoville Police Department and Southeast Patrol officers were looking for over a week to locate the juvenile. On January 18, 2016, officers received a tip regarding the juvenile male’s location. Southeast Patrol officers responded to the 2100 block of Coelum Court and took the suspect into custody without incident.

Thanks to the great work of the Robbery Unit, Metro Unit, and the Southeast Patrol Division for taking this habitual robber off the streets and keeping Dallas Safe!

Safe Burglars Unsuccessful!

On Wednesday, January 06, 2016, at about 5:25 a.m., five (5) masked, gloved, and hooded suspects backed a stolen 1996 Chevrolet Pickup through the storefront of the Dunlap Swain Texaco located at 4826 Cole Avenue.  Several witnesses stated they observed a white pickup back into the building, pull out, and backed through the building again.  Three to four suspects ran into the building.  Shortly after, the suspects were seen running out of the building and the pickup fled south on Travis Street.  The witnesses called 911 and officers responded to the location.

A Highland Park officer was in the area and observed a pickup turn onto the 3200 block of Hester.  By the time the Highland Park officer got to the vehicle, there were no suspects in the vehicle.  Another witness observed two (2) of the suspects jump the fence to an apartment complex and flee toward the Katy Trail.  Patrol officers set up a perimeter and called for a K9 Unit and Air 1.  K9 searched the area and lost the track around Travis and Knox.  We believe the suspects were picked up by another vehicle.

The suspects in this offense were targeting the safe and were unsuccessful.  The offense was aborted. The investigation continues and  this offense is documented on case #004249-2016.  The vehicle used in the offense today, was stolen on Tuesday, January 5, 2015 on case #003387-2016.  This same vehicle was used in an ATM offense that occurred in Garland  yesterday, January 5, 2015.

This location suffered a business burglary offense on December 17, 2015, at 5:27 a.m., and is documented on case #292662-2015.  In that offense, suspects entered by breaking a front window and attempted to enter the safe.  Major Crimes Unit is asking if anyone has information regarding these offenses mentioned above to call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477).

Safe Suspects Wanted

On Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at about 5:00 p.m., two suspects were caught on surveillance video “casing” the office area of Ciraulo Distribution, located at 9219 Diplomacy Row, Dallas, TX.  The suspects arrive at this location, go into the office area and look for the safe. They go to the area where the surveillance equipment is located and adjust cameras, while keeping an eye on the front door.  One of the males walks over to the safe and checks to see if it is bolted down.

On Thursday, November 26, 2015 between 3:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., three suspects arrive at the location pry open the front door, enter and remove the safe. This is an on-going police investigation.

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying this suspect. If anyone has information on this offense or know the identity of these suspects, please contact Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477).