Crime Report: Caught on Video, Thief Targets Unlocked Cars in Highland Park

A home surveillance camera caught a thief in the act of burglarizing an unlocked car, but the thief managed to escape.

A home surveillance camera caught a thief in the act of burglarizing an unlocked car, but the thief managed to escape.

Because the incident reports supplied by Dallas police remain largely useless, we must rely on the cops in Highland Park and University Park to provide us with all the juicy details. Last week, a busy little burglar targeted several vehicles along a street that traverses the border between the Park Cities.

At about 1:35 a.m. on Nov. 11, a thief jumped a rear fence in the 3500 block of Potomac Avenue and stole $60 in cash from a 2011 GMC Yukon Denali that had been left unlocked. We know what time this happened because it was captured by the victim’s security cameras. The thief then walked around to the front of the house and tried to open another vehicle there, but — shockingly — it was locked, so the thief moved on in search of easier targets. His search would prove to be fruitful:

  • Between 6 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 6 a.m. on Nov. 11, a thief entered a gray 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee that had been left unlocked in the 3400 block of Potomac Avenue and stole a $100 purse that held $40 in cash.
  • Between 5 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 3 a.m. on Nov. 11, a thief entered two SUVs that had been left unlocked in front of a house in the 3700 block of Potomac Avenue. A $150 pair of Persol sunglasses and a $150 set of headphones were stolen from a black 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe. The thief took registration and insurance papers from a black 2010 GMC Yukon, as well as a fire extinguisher and a credit card holder containing an American Express card and a Mastercard; the cards were used at a Tom Thumb and a 7-Eleven at about 3 a.m. on Nov. 11. The thief apparently had no use for the victim’s Avis Chairman’s Club card nor his two Marquis Jet cards, as those were all found in a neighbor’s yard.
  • Between 10 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 11, a thief entered a gray 2013 Lexus LX 570 that had been left unlocked in the 3400 block of Potomac Avenue and stole a $750 Louis Vuitton wallet.

Click through for a roundup of other residential crimes in the Park Cities:

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2805 Rosedale Front

So you’re thinking about building or buying in University Park, but you want to do your research. Sure, CandysDirt.com provides oodles of resources to find out why UP is a great neighborhood, and we even hand pick some of the best builders in Dallas that can construct the custom home of your dreams no matter the location you choose. But you may not be quite sure yet.

So, why not rent a gorgeous luxury home that will offer you fantastic amenities until you find the lot, builder, and location of your dreams?

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One of These Days, Highland Park Homeowners Will Learn to Lock Their Cars

Small Car Door Key Lock

We’re not sure if Highland Park residents leave their vehicles unlocked more than people do in other places, but we do know it happens often in the town, and criminals take advantage of that fact. Just last week, burglars waltzed right into cars, trucks, and SUVs in Highland Park and helped themselves to the following items:

  • A $150 black leather bag containing legal documents was stolen from a pewter 2007 Mercedes E350 in the 4600 block of Belclaire Avenue between 4:30 p.m. on May 4 and 5:50 a.m. on May 5.
  • A $300 pair of sunglasses and a pink makeup bag that contained $30 in cash were stolen from a silver 2011 Infiniti QX5 in the 4600 block of South Versailles Avenue between 8 p.m. on May 4 and 7:30 a.m. on May 5.
  • About $60 worth of CDs, $50 in cash, a $40 pair of Toms shoes, and a $30 pair of Rainbow flip-flops were stolen from a gray 2012 BMW X5 in the 4600 block of Edmondson Avenue between 9 p.m. on May 7 and 8:30 a.m. on May 8.
  • A $400 pair of Tom Ford sunglasses, a $90 pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses, and $2 in change were stolen from a bronze 2011 Ford F150 King Ranch in the 3600 block of Shenandoah Avenue between 8:30 p.m. on May 9 and 7:30 a.m. on May 10.

Of course, Highland Park was the not only desirable area where there were some notable burglaries last week.

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I have this theory about red-brick, Ivy League-looking houses: they make you smarter. We really should do an IQ test of children raised in red-brick Georgians with ivy-covered brick: my bet is they would have higher TAG scores and better SATs than kids reared in ranches or mid-century moderns. For one thing, the clean-lined life does not lend itself well to books and reading materials scattered about — sleek living is intellectually lean living — agree or disagree?

Just teasin’. About sleek living being intellectually lean.

But I do think 3821 Wentwood could help shape children to study while en route to Harvard, and it will darn sure help you finance the education: at $244.55 a square foot, this home is a huge bargain. You get (ALMOST) a quarter acre lot in University Park, 5230 square feet, five bedrooms, four and a half baths, three living areas, hardwood floors, great open spaces, solid bones and a great floor plan. Gonna be honest: I’d make the kitchen tile floors go bye bye, they are way too hard to stand on and drop a dish, kiss it goodbye. This kitchen could be updated. We are talking surfaces, pure surfaces. I’d bring the wood floors into the kitchen and blend. Appliances are newer, and the cabinets look great. The rest of the house is as classic as it gets, and the yard even has room for a pool or outdoor kitchen. Laundry is upstairs with sink, and the fifth bedroom can be for guests or a gameroom.

And for $1,279,000 you are in Highland Park Schools and Hyer Elementary is walking distance. Leave It To Beaver Goes to Harvard — that’s 3821 Wentwood.

Do you have your coffee yet? Good, because this house is like a beignet from Cafe Du Monde. This house, it just makes me want to say “Ahhhhhhhh!” It’s 3625 Bryn Mawr, marketed by the gorgeous and talented Kari Schlegel Kloewer of Allie Beth Allman & Associates, and it was just completed by the experts at Tatum Brown Custom Homes.

If you want high-end finish-out and tons of extras, Tatum Brown is the go-to builder. In fact, this company is on our short list of Hot Builders!

Just from glancing around, you can see why we love Tatum Brown, too! I mean, look at the thoughtful entrance that keeps with the elegant and modern Santa Barbara style. It’s beautiful, but not too ostentatious. This home, desiged by Stocker, Hoestry, Montenegro Architects, is like a hot brunette in a little black dress!

This University Park home has all of the upgrades and add-ons you want inside its 6,651 square feet. You get impeccable hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, luxury light fixtures with some really killer chandeliers, marble, granite, and a wet bar. WHEW. That’s a lot!

There are five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, along with three living spaces, two dining rooms, a game or media room, a mud room, and some of the best schools in the state.

I love a kitchen that is open and accessible, and this one is just that! The huge island is perfect for entertaining. Imagine the marble expanse covered in cheese boards and fruit plates, with a bucket of chilled champagne and orange juice just waiting for brunch guests to arrive!

Of course, there’s tons of stainless in the kitchen, and there’s some really beautiful tile in the backsplash, too!

From what I hear, it’s almost impossible to buy new construction in the Park Cities without buying a teardown first, razing the structure, and starting fresh from there. If you get exhausted just thinking about all that work, well, this lovely home is for you!

It’s on the market at a great price, too. I think $2.95 million is a fair asking for such a spacious, modern, and well-thought-out home. What do you think?

I guess the good news is this house at 2824 Stanford gets you in the Park Cities for under $700,000 — barely. You are off Boedecker on a nice street — Stanford — and you have a three bedroom, two bath house. 2333 square feet and a 65 by 140 foot lot. All groovy. But what I don’t get is this kitchen. Looks like it might be one up from the original from when the home was built in 1941. White Formica and Kentile, so 80’s. I’m thinking we need an intervention STAT.