Daily Crime Blotter

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009  |  Updated 8:38 PM CDT
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Daily Crime Blotter

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List compiled Aug. 25.

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Here's a daily list of recent activities drawing the attention of North Texas law enforcement. List compiled on Aug. 25, 2009.

ROBBER EMPTIES CASH REGISTER, TAKES CLERK’S PURSE
Haltom City police are searching for an armed man who robbed a convenience store Saturday night. Investigators said the man forced a worker at Larry’s 7-10 store in the 1900 block of North Beach Street to open the cash register and then took the money and the clerk’s purse. Police said the man fled in a silver Mitsubishi Galant with Texas license plate number DNL574.

DALLAS CO. TO INVESTIGATE 2 CONSTABLES
Dallas County authorities announced Tuesday that the county will investigate the operations of constable Precincts 1 and 5. Two constables, Derick Evans and Jaime Cortes, are being investigated. Dallas County Judge Jim Foster declined to specify the allegations against the constables or specify the scope of the investigation. An outside investigator is expected to be appointed Wednesday.

FAMILY PETS FOUND MUTILATED IN DALLAS NEIGHBORHOOD
Residents in Dallas' Chapel Downs and Sparkman neighborhoods are reporting that several family pets have been mutilated in recent weeks. Two cats were found mutilated Tuesday and two others were found Monday. According to resident Paige Lawrence, some of the animals had been cut in half, beheaded or had their hindquarters removed. Residents hope bringing more attention to the attacks on animals will garner more of a response from Dallas police investigators. Click here to read more on NBCDFW.com.

FIRE DESTROYS FW BUDDHIST TEMPLE
Investigators will try to determine what sparked a fire at a Buddhist temple in Fort Worth. Firefighters remained on the scene Tuesday to monitor hot spots at the place of worship and meditation. The blaze was reported late Monday night in a large ornate structure at the Wat (waht) Lao Thepnimith. No injuries were reported. Fire department Lt. Kent Worley says the unique design of the temple made it difficult for crews to battle the blaze. Worley says it was "extremely dangerous" for firefighters to go inside the structure.

TOWELED BANDIT SOUGHT BY POLICE
Arlington police are asking for help identifying a man suspected of committing multiple robberies. A man walked into the Hair Depot at 925 E. Arkansas Lane at about 2 p.m. Sunday with a white towel over his face. The man demanded money from the register, while pointing a handgun at the victim. The suspect left on foot after being handed money from the clerk. He is believed to be involved with several other robberies in the area, because of the similarity of the suspect description and method of robbery. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective D. DeWall at 817-459-6493 or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS. All tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

ELDERLY WOMAN NEARLY CARJACKED AT YMCA
An elderly woman was nearly a victim of a carjacking outside of the YMCA in Grand Prairie on Monday morning.  Roxana Hammer, 70, was heading to her car when she was approached by a man with a gun. The man demanded she get in her car -- she complied, though resisted when he attempted to follow her inside. Hammer's yelling caught the attention of two men leaving the gym who then ran to her aid. The man with a gun fired one shot near them before getting in another car and leaving the scene.  Hammer was not injured in the attack.

FAKE COP TRYING TO STEAL CARS
The search continues for a man who is posing as a police officer in order to steal cars. The man showed up at the front door of an Oak Cliff woman's home and tried to get her to hand over the keys to her Monte Carlo. The woman said the man wore a Dallas Police Department uniform and was driving an old auctioned-off Dallas police cruiser. She said the man quickly left when she said she was calling 911.

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