The officers and staff of the Double Oak Police Department would like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year.
As this article is being written we are taking a fraud report from one of senior residents. I’m going to share the details in the hopes that others can avoid becoming victimized.
Earlier today our resident received a telephone call from a male who identified himself as her grandson (we’re pretty sure he asked open-ended questions until she provided the name of the grandson). He made the complainant promise not to tell his parents that he had been involved in a traffic accident, injured his nose and arrested while visiting a friend in New Jersey. The young man explained that he needed a transfer of $2,000 to get out of jail. The complainant was provided a telephone number to call and coordinate with a helpful person who was going to handle her grandson’s case and set up a store to store wire transfer of money. Our complainant was provided a case number, another person’s name to send the transfer to and told, “Don’t tell (name of store) why you’re doing this!”
Our resident became upset that her grandson was facing jail, that she wasn’t supposed to call her daughter, and that it seemed odd that he wanted the money sent in another person’s name. Once she was off the phone she contacted a bank and the police department to ask about the legitimacy of the call. We immediately recognized the telephone scam as one that has been perpetrated in our community in the past.
We are one hundred percent positive that there are organized criminal call centers, based in other countries that are engaged in telephone fraud in the United States. They operate off well-prepared scripts, and just like in any organization, some of their employees become stars at conning people into providing personal and financial information. Some of the hallmarks of the telephone fraud are requests to keep things secret, sending money or financial information to unknown third parties, and undue pressure to respond with financial assistance immediately.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our office, or an on-duty police officer, if you have any questions about the veracity of a caller (or emailer) requesting personal or financial information. Our office number is 972-355-5995. Our after-hours dispatch number is 972-434-5500.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve.
Recent Police Calls
Theft – 8300 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – Known suspect allegedly removed medications without permission from their place of work. After an investigation was conducted a Female, 42 years of age, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Assist Agency – 4600 blk. Shiloh Rd., Denton County – Double Oak Officer assisted Sheriff’s Deputy at 2 a.m. with detaining a suspect who had evaded arrest earlier in the night. Subject was arrested for multiple warrants out of another agency.
Assist Agency – 9100 blk. Cedar Ridge, Lantana – DOPD responded to assist on a medical emergency.
Assist Agency – Bartonville – DOPD assisted with searching for a runaway teenager. Subject was located by a Sheriff’s Deputy.
Loud Music – 200 blk. Timberleaf Dr., Double Oak – A caller on Cedarcrest reported hearing loud music at 11:15 p.m. Officer located a residence in which a wedding celebration party had just finished and the band was packing up to leave.
Assist Agency – 500 blk. Copper Canyon Rd., Denton County – Officer assisted a Denton County Deputy with investigation into an alleged disturbance near Old Alton Bridge. Parents of multiple juveniles were contacted regarding the incident.
Assist Agency – 100 blk. Dallas St., Argyle – Double Oak Officer acted as cover unit for a vehicle search by Argyle PD. Drug paraphernalia was found and a citation was issued.
Suspicious Circumstances – Valley View and Meadowknoll Dr., Double Oak – An anonymous caller reported a loud car driving slowly up and down the street stopping at different houses. Officer was unable to locate the suspicious motorist.
911 Hang up Call – 1300 blk. W. Jeter Rd., Bartonville – Officer responded to a 911 hang up call that ended up being a medical emergency.
Suspicious Vehicle – Forest Park Dr. and Maple Leaf, Double Oak – Officer observed an occupied vehicle parked in front of a house that was for sale at 11:47 p.m. Upon further investigation officer determined that the vehicle occupant was a Realtor texting a friend.
Animal Complaint – 200 blk. Lake Trail Ct., Double Oak – A witness reported a sick skunk in a drainage pipe.
Assist Citizens – 300 blk. Waketon Rd., Double Oak – Officer gave a ride to two stranded men whose vehicle had broken down.
Runaway – 300 blk. Waketon Rd., Double Oak, TX – On-duty officer met with Corinth PD about a recovered Double Oak teenage runaway. Juvenile was returned to their parents.
Minor Accident – 300 blk. Waketon Rd., Double Oak – One vehicle accident resulting in a car stuck in a ditch.
Motorist Assist – Chinn Chapel Rd. and Justin Rd., Flower Mound – A driver’s vehicle broke down before the roundabout. Officer stayed with the motorist until fuel was obtained.
Warrant Service / Assist Agency – 100 blk. Red Bud St., Argyle – Double Oak Officer acted as cover for Sheriff’s Deputy executing a warrant for Threat and a warrant for Assault Family Violence causing bodily injury. Subject was located, arrested and transported to jail.
Suspicious Circumstances – 7000 blk. Justin Rd., Denton Cnty. – Officer assisted Sheriff’s Department by responding to a possible medical emergency at a local business. Upon arrival determined that the reported three “passed” out juvenile males were teens in possession of tobacco.
Criminal Mischief – 100 blk. Shady Oak Ln., Double Oak – Unknown suspect damaged the Complainant’s mailbox with a vehicle.
Forgery / Fraud – 700 blk. Cross Timbers Dr., Double Oak – Complainant reported that an unknown person had used their debit card in downtown Dallas making several hundred dollars of charges.
Assist Agency – 3400 blk. E. FM 407, Bartonville – Double Oak Officer responded to a call regarding a suspect striking a pedestrian with a car and fleeing. Upon arrival it was determined that a minor assault had occurred and the suspect had fled.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 3700 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – During the conduct of a traffic stop officer located drug paraphernalia and cited the motorist.
Welfare Check – 100 blk. Twin Lakes Dr., Double Oak – Out of state friend concerned about a Double Oak resident. Officer checked on welfare of subject.
Suspicious Circumstances – 1300 blk. Saddlebrook Ct., Bartonville – A complainant reported a light being turned on and sounds from the second floor of their house. Officers searched the residence and didn’t locate any suspects.
Suspicious Circumstances – 3000 blk. E. FM 407, Bartonville – Bartonville Officer requested assistance after having found an open door on a business at 11:41 p.m. No sign of criminal activity was detected.
Prowler – 5200 blk. Singing Brook Rd., Flower Mound – A homeowner reported a possible prowler walking from his back yard and entering a truck. Upon further investigation it was determined that there was no ongoing criminal activity.
Medical Assist – 300 blk. Waketon Rd., Double Oak – A disoriented motorist stopped at the Police Department parking lot and obtained medical assistance and transport to a local hospital.
Suspicious Activity – 100 blk. Shady Oaks Ln., Double Oak – A witness reported a male wearing a black backpack going door to door. Upon further investigation it was determined that the subject had been hired to install refrigerant and was not going door to door.
Animal Complaint – 200 blk. Rancho Vista Dr., Double Oak – Officer removed a snake from the caller’s property and released it into a field.
Solicitor Complaint – 200 blk. Simmons Rd., Double Oak – Officer located solicitors and had them stop going door to door as they were in violation of the Town Ordinance by not being permitted.
Welfare Check – 100 blk. Oak Grove Circle, Double Oak – Caller was concerned when they couldn’t reach their grandparent by telephone.
Arrest – 7700 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – Double Oak Officer assisted Bartonville PD with arresting male wanted for a narcotics offense out of Palo Pinto County. Subject was taken into custody and transported to the Denton County jail.
Disturbance – 600 blk. Harrison Ln., Argyle – A caller reported a rolling vehicle disturbance where a passenger was being struck in the face by a driver. Driver was arrested by Argyle Police Officer for Driving While Intoxicated and passenger was cited for Assault.
Animal Complaint – 100 blk. Meadowknoll, Double Oak – A resident reported observing a coyote at 2 p.m.
Assist Agency – 1200 blk. Saddlebrook Way, Bartonville – Officer helped Bartonville PD with investigation into a possible burglary.
Harassment – 300 blk. Waketon., Double Oak – A resident reported a known adult keeps making offensive phone calls.
Disturbance – 2400 blk. E. FM 407, Bartonville – Spouses were arguing in a public parking lot. Both departed in separate vehicles.
Reckless Driving – 8100 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – A vehicle was observed at approximately 9:16 p.m. driving recklessly and spinning tires in a church parking lot. Officer stopped the male who was determined to be a teen church member and had him cease the unsafe activity.
Suspicious Vehicle – 100 blk. Eagles Peak, Double Oak – Officer on patrol observed a parked vehicle with its door open at 12:04 a.m. Officer contacted the homeowner who confirmed nothing was missing and suspected he accidentally left the door open.
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 2700 blk. Waketon Rd., Double Oak – During the course of a traffic contact officer smelled marijuana and located paraphernalia.
Assist Agency – 3600 blk. Justin Rd., Double Oak – Double Oak Officer assisted Denton PD as they pursued and then spike stripped and arrested a fleeing intoxicated motorist.
Animal Complaint – 400 blk. Cross Timbers Dr., Double Oak – A resident reported a neighbor’s horses eating her property’s vegetation.