Van Alstyne Police Department


During the period between Nov. 6 and Nov. 14, Van Alstyne police received 287 calls for service and responded to 14 incidents. Chief Tim Barnes reported on the following incidents, all of which are Misdemeanor B crimes or more severe.


Federal offense — In the overnight hours of Oct. 31-Nov. 1, someone broken the lock off the outside mail drop box at the U.S. Post Office on the corner of Waco and Jefferson streets. The mail was stolen. Van Alstyne PD is working with the U.S. Postal Police on the case and is working on leads they have received from the public after posting the photo on the department’s Facebook page. The photo was obtained, Barnes said, through “good detective work.” Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police station at 903-482-5251.


Arrest on drug charge — Nov. 6, about 1:14 a.m., police made a regular traffic stop on a vehicle going south on U.S. 75. The officer found the driver, a 28-year-old from Dallas, to be in possession of a substance that field-tested as methamphetamine. He jailed her in Grayson County Jail.


Identity theft — Nov. 10, police were called to a home in the 400 block of Bryn Marr, and were told that someone tried to open an accounting using the victim’s identification. Barnes said this is under investigation.


Debit or credit card abuse — Nov. 11, police began the investigation into the unauthorized use of a credit or debit card. Barnes said someone used the victim’s card number to make purchases outside Van Alstyne. They are continuing the investigation.


Burglary of building — Nov. 12, someone stole a saw from a building in the 400 block of Gilcrease.


Van Alstyne Fire Department


In the month of October, the Fire and EMS department went on 26 fire calls and 112 EMS calls, reported interim Fire Chief Ryan Dockery.