This just in from the Dallas Police Department concerning an attempted smash-and-grab at the mall at around 3 this morning:
Dallas Police Officers Responded to a call at North Park Mall at 8687 North Central Expressway regarding an open building. A witness who works at NorthPark Mall told officers that after hearing a loud crashing noise he saw a vehicle drive out of the mall. It appears that the vehicle drove through an exterior mall door on the south side of the mall, and then drove the vehicle into a security door at Dillard's.Alas, there's no surveillance footage available -- not yet, anyway. Till then, this is all we have to go on. And from the looks of the police report, that security door ain't cheap to replace.
Detectives believe that the suspects' target may have been two ATM machines just inside Dillard's department store. It also appears that the suspect(s) were scared off by mall employees when they drove out of the mall and fled the location in unknown direction. The ATM's were not taken. The suspect vehicle is described as a white or light colored Ford truck. Substantial damage was done to the exterior security door and exterior glass doors at the mall.
Update at 4:30 p.m.:NorthPark Center's director of marketing, Christine Szalay, provides this statement's concerning this morning's mall break-in:
Early Monday morning there was damage to the entrance to NorthPark Center between Dillard's and Maggiano's Little Italy. NorthPark is cooperating with Dallas Police Department in its investigation of the damage. The safety of our customers, vendors and personnel is our highest priority. Anyone engaged in criminal activity at NorthPark Center will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
This entrance will be temporarily closed for repairs. All customers will be redirected to enter the Center either through Dillard's store entrances or the P.F. Chang's China Bistro/McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant entrance.