Since mid-December, the Van Alstyne police officers investigated 12 incidents and had 327 call for service, as reported by Police Chief Tim Barnes.
An old scam that seems to be making the rounds again netted one scambler (scam artist) $7,000. Barnes said the victim, a septuagenarian told police that he had received phone calls from someone in New Jersey saying that the victim’s grandson was in trouble and needed financial help in getting out of it. Barnes said the caller purposed to be a law enforcement officer, and told the victim to send the cash through FedEx.
“Typically, law enforcement officers or agencies doesn’t call you to tell you a relative is in legal trouble,” Barnes said. “If anyone else receives a call like this, always be suspicious and always ask for a call-back number. Then check the agency out. Law enforcement is not going to ask anyone to send cash.
“It’s always a loved one who needs the help, and these people can buy lists to be certain it is the elderly they are preying on. Use extreme caution and be very skeptical.”
Barnes said they checked the New Jersey address out and found it to be bogus, a non-lead.
Arrest — On Dec. 20, at about 12:15 a.m., police stopped a northbound vehicle on U.S. 75 for a moving violation. The officer learned that the driver had an invalid or suspended driver’s license; and then found out that there was an outstanding warrant in place, charging him with theft of property between $2,500-$30,000, a state jail felony. The suspect, a 49-year-old Leonard man, remains in Grayson County jail in lieu of bond with a motion to revoke probation on the theft charge.
Theft — Dec. 21, someone took items from underneath a carport in the 400 block of West Fulton. Taken were gas cans, a drill, and a grinder.
Assault complaint — On Christmas day, about 3:30 p.m., police were called to a home in the 200 block of Williamsburg. The complainant and the victim are extended family. The officer took a report of assault causing bodily injury and it is being forwarded to the Grayson County District Attorney for possible charges. The suspect is a 21-year-old Kyle, Texas man.
Arrest — Dec. 27, police stopped a vehicle on a moving violation. The officer, Barnes said, first learned the driver had no driver’s license. Then, the officer learned the driver was in possession of a 9mm handgun, which had been reported as stolen elsewhere. The suspect, a 25-year-old Burleson man, was jailed on charges of theft of firearm, unlawfully carrying a weapon, failure to appear on a previous charge, and no driver’s license. The next day, the suspect paid $493 in fines and posted bail of $6,500 in surety bonds for his release.
Theft — Dec. 26, police took a report of a stolen license plate. Barnes said it was taken off a vehicle in the 400 block of North Waco.