Smokin Dragon Gifts, with its wide array of smokes and smoking accessories, including a delightful selection of novelty pipes (see: Mario, Angry Birds, the "Despicable Me" minions) and a presumably high percentage of cash transactions, might seem like an ideal target for the criminally inclined. Ba ... More >>
The armed robbery yesterday afternoon of the the Oak Lawn headquarters Trivie wasn't a random holdup. The app-maker's office is on the third floor of a plain retail-and-office building between Hall Street and Rawlins, hardly an obvious target, and the robbers were methodical. According to police, t ... More >>
Saturday was a banner night for carjackings in Dallas. The one in which the thief drove off with a 14-year-old girl sleeping in the backseat got the most attention, but there were several. At 1 a.m., a man was attacked by a group of men who took his Cadillac Escalade, holding him hostage for two hou ... More >>
Larry Poulos wasn't very close with his roommate. They had only been sharing their Arlington apartment for a few days, and they had never been formally introduced. The roommate knew him only as "Chino." So, when Poulos announced on Saturday that he planned to rob a bank, the roommate took it as a jo ... More >>
He's held up five North Texas banks in six months. Each time, he wears a plain ball cap and glasses or sunglasses and calmly hands over a note and demands cash. His preference is for bank branches tucked inside grocery stores and Walmarts, always in the suburbs. He's shown a weapon at least once and ... More >>
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Update, 8/19: In addition to the pop medley we published Friday, we now also have Bean performing one of her original songs, "Cops and Robbers." The video is below. Original post follows. Globe Trek Productions, a video production company based in Dallas, has been making videos of musicians buski ... More >>
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The Mesh Mask Bandit's run was bound to come to an end. It's possible, one supposes, to stick up a bank or two, then flee to some sparsely inhabited island, out of reach of the FBI. But when you rob 19 North Texas banks over the course of a few months, your luck will inevitably turn. Luis Delagarza ... More >>
It's 5:30 on a Wednesday morning, and you're broke. Maybe you're short on rent. Maybe you need some beer. Either way you need to get some cash. It's too early to rob a bank. They're all closed. So are jewelry stores. All-night convenience stores have too little cash at this time of day and too many ... More >>
The man the FBI has dubbed the "Mesh Mask Bandit" struck first on New Year's Eve, robbing a Northwest Highway BBVA Compass at gunpoint. Since then, he's robbed an average of about one bank a week, at first sticking to Dallas proper but eventually working his way out to Garland, Carrollton, Addison, ... More >>
From time to time, when police have a particularly busy weekend, we like to compile some of the more interesting happenings into a quick crime digest. We think of it as a public service. How else would readers know not to visit the Stults Elementary playground at 1 a.m., or that those DVDs peddled ... More >>
At 7 p.m., a 41-year-old Dallas woman stepped onto an elevator at Founders Plaza that was already occupied by two men, one of whom police identified as 20-year-old JC Gholston. When the elevator reached the second floor, Gholston stepped in front of the woman, pulled out a black CO2-powered pistol ... More >>
Jesus Ventura's strange and very public criminal saga began back in March, when the 37-year-old firefighter and paramedic walked into a firehouse and started waving a pistol around. The gun went off, although no one was injured, and Ventura fled; he was arrested a week or so later at his home. But ... More >>
The story in today's Dallas Morning News about Dallas Cowboys football player Dez Bryant getting off on mom-beating charges contains this line about Bryant's lawyer, state Senator Royce West: "West said the incident was a dispute, not an assault." The woman called DeSoto cops and said her son had t ... More >>
Back in January, 19-year-old Jacory Stephon Walker walked into the Waxahachie Walmart and approached the counter at 1st Convenience Bank. He wanted to make a withdrawal, he told the teller, but didn't have his account number. Instead, he gave the teller his name and social security number. It turne ... More >>
On Sunday, the Morning News' Tanya Eiserer took a lengthy peek at DPD staffing trends; what she found can best be described as alarming. Over the past two years, the number of detectives assigned to work the city's most pressing crimes has plummeted by 46 percent. The number of homicide detectives ... More >>
Steven Ray Milam's long run as the "Handsome Guy Bandit" came to a sudden end on a rural Mississippi highway in January of this year, as the former casket salesman turned bank robber led local police on a chase along Interstate 10. Officers tried no less than three times to spike-strip his vehicle, ... More >>
The police report for Sunday afternoon's robbery of the Zone d' Erotica on Forest Lane doesn't say much. Someone walked into the adult novelty retailer with a knife, demanded cash, and left. The robber got the money, about $250, but he (or she -- the report doesn't specify) also made off with a sin ... More >>
On September 12, two men entered a Chase Bank on Jupiter Road in Richardson a few minutes apart. The first was tall, about 6-foot-4, and wearing a black doo-rag, later identified as Michael Pringle. He asked for a deposit slip from the teller and then left, pausing on his way out grab a handful of c ... More >>
Jesus Ventura first made headlines back in March when the then-firefighter walked into Fire Station No. 45 near West Commerce and Sylvan Avenue, removed his pistol from its holster, and began waving it around recklessly, pointing it at at lease one firefighter, according to a police report. The gun ... More >>
Dallas police just announced that they've arrested one of the two men suspected in the May 28 robbery of a Metro PCS store. That man is George Tucker, and he can be seen in the video above waving a gun at the store employees, a male customer, and, at one point around 3:07 or so, dangerously near the ... More >>
We know a lot more about the string of recent armed robberies at the Katy Trail since the Dallas Police Department initially released some details on the incidents yesterday. We know, for example, that police think all were committed by a pair of black men in their 20s who were driving a silver, fou ... More >>
Around 3 a.m. today, a cab driver called the Dallas police to report that he'd been carjacked after dropping off a passenger. He couldn't specify just where he'd been when this happened, and he didn't know the license plate number of the cab, only the unit number. Upon arriving at the scene, DPD d ... More >>
The seemingly sad story of Dallas firefighter Jesus Ventura is getting even sadder, at least if you believe the accusations just leveled by the U.S. Attorney's office. Back in March, Ventura, 37, was arrested after he was accused of bringing a semi-automatic pistol into Fire Station #45, near West ... More >>
The video you see above was taken in the wee small hours of Saturday morning at the 7-Eleven located at 5123 W. Lovers Lane, just off Inwood -- you know, the one next to Neighborhood Services, which, according to Dallas PD records, has been robbed more than 70 times in the past five years. Reason DP ... More >>
No doubt you've seen the signs like the one at right; they've been around since 2004. The Dallas Police Department was among the first in the country to launch the Auto Theft Tracking Program, which involves putting monitoring devices in bait cars that the DPD can track and control after they've ... More >>
Back in July we were first introduced to the "Handsome Guy" Bandit -- so called not because he's attractive, because who can tell, but because of the $800 mask he's clearly wearing in all the surveillance-cam photos taken of the bank robber during his various stick-em-ups in North Texas. And, say ... More >>
The U.S. Attorney's Office sends word: Federal authorities have rounded up dozens suspected of trafficking heroin and cocaine from Dallas to Atlanta to Baltimore to Philadelphia to Nashville and all points in between. Those arrested yesterday come from all over, including Dallas and Fort Worth an ... More >>
One man's gub is another man's bom.For those who've forgotten the now-legendary tale of Nathan Wayne Pugh, a 49-year-old Sachse man, allow me to recap. On July 26, Pugh went into the Wells Fargo at 4332 Lemon Avenue carrying a bag from a fast-food restaurant. He walked up to the teller and told h ... More >>
On Tuesday, the Dallas Police Department sent word that it was looking for this gentleman, at the time suspected of having committed at least 11 robberies in North Dallas -- including the Frankford and Midway T-Mobile store hold-up shown in the video the department made available to media. This m ... More >>
The Dallas Police Department sends word this morning that it's looking for the man you see in the video above, who's suspected of having gone on a "three-hour crime spree" January 29 during which, police say, he robbed three different massage parlors at gunpoint. Among the businesses hit was the Bl ... More >>
Click to enlarge: DPD sends this still from the AT&T building, taken just prior to the shooting outside the building this morningThe Dallas Police Department's still searching for the man responsible for shooting a 63-year-old AT&T employee in the head this morning as she and a colleague ... More >>
Earlier this month, the so-called Billy Mays Bandit robbed a Wells Fargo on S. University in Fort Worth.This morning's New York Times heralds the debut of the F.B.I.'s Web site featuring the most-wanted bank robbers in New York and New Jersey. Of course, that's old news 'round these here parts: T ... More >>
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