Police have been busy this month but they are still taking time to help residents and businesses receive their packages without interference from would-be thieves. Between now and January 1, anyone with a valid ID and a Van Alstyne address can have a package shipped to the Van Alstyne Police Station, 242 N. Preston, Van Alstyne TX 75495. To pick your package up, bring that identification to the station and show it to the dispatcher on duty.
With more and more people shopping online, and with many adults having to work during the hours that the Post Office, UPS, and FedEx make deliveries and often leave the packages unattended on a front porch, the stealing of packages has become more prevalent nationwide. Barnes is eager to prevent that from happening here in the town.
Between November 12-27, Van Alstyne Police answered 388 calls for service and investigated 25 incidents, reported Chief Tim Barnes.
Nov. 13 — At 10 am, police stopped a car after noticing a moving violation at U.S. 75 and FM 455. The officer found the driver, a 22-year-old Pottsboro woman, in possession of several drugs, and jailed her on three counts of possession of controlled substance PG 1. Barnes identified those illegal drugs as Heroine, Methamphetamine, and Fen
Fentanyl, heroin and methamphetamine Fentanyl.
Nov. 16 — Between 6-10 pm, Van Alstyne police received calls from victims who had had their vehicles’ windows struck by thrown porcelain from a passing vehicle. All the vehicles were standing still, either parked in a street or driveway.
One incident in was reported in Anna, police there said. In that case, the vehicle owner didn’t see the passing vehicle and only found the damage on Nov. 17. Minimal damage was caused to that vehicle.
Other media reported that vehicles outside Van Alstyne city limits were also pelted with plates made of either porcelain or china; however, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has not provided information on those offenses. Barnes said because the combined value of the damage done is excessive, the crime is being considered a felony.
If anyone has information on this criminal activity, that person or people is/are encouraged to provide that information to Van Alstyne police by either calling them, 903-482-5251, or by going Online to their Website’s “Submit a crime tip.” Either way, Barnes said, anonymity will prevail.
Barnes said they are continuing the investigation.
Nov. 17 — A routine traffic stop on U.S. 75 resulted in stopping a vehicle with an unlicensed driver. Barnes said the department will file charges against the Anna driver of driving while license invalid or suspended through Grayson County District Attorney’s Office.
Nov. 19 — Police investigating check forgery. Barnes said that someone wrote a check for $300 on an account not his own. The victim is who discovered the missing money. The crime is that of forgery of financial instrument.
Nov. 23 — At 5:06 pm, an officer stopped a vehicle going north on U.S. 75. The owner gave the officer permission to search the vehicle, Barnes said, and the officer found a substance that field-tested positive to be cocaine. He jailed the driver, a 22-year-old of Ardmore, on a charge of Possession of Controlled Substance between 1-4 grams, and the suspected posted $10,000 bail in surety bonds two days later.
Nov. 23 — At 5:31 a.m., an Oklahoma driver, going north on U.S. 75, struck the barrier. Barnes said that Van Alstyne ambulance took the woman to Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman.
Nov. 26 — Police will be filing charges through the Grayson County D.A. on another drive stopped on SH 5 at Redden Road. It was about 4 pm, when the Celina driver, age 32, was stopped for a moving violation.’
Nov. 26 —Someone stole a trailer, valued at $8,000, from the 800 block of Nash. Barnes said the owner said there had been a lock on it, but the lock had been removed. The description and details have been entered into both the Texas and National Crime Information Centers.