From Oct. 1 through Oct. 23, the only violent crimes the Highland Village Police Department investigated were in the 200 block of Oak Street on the east side of the city, in which several different offenses are listed to have occurred on Oct. 12 and 13: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault of a family/household member (with previous conviction), failure to report a felony that results in serious bodily injury or death, and interfering with an emergency call. Police declined to release any information because it is still under active investigation, as of Oct. 25.
There were two burglaries, one of a vehicle on Oct. 1 in the 600 block of Santa Fe Drive, and one of a building in the 1700 block of Cottonwood Creek.
There were several drug cases: possession of a controlled substance in the 3000 block of Marchwood Drive, possession of a dangerous drug in the 100 block of Kennedy Avenue East, possession of marijuana in the 7000 block of Village Parkway, and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 700 block of Highland Village Road and 5000 Village Parkway.
Police investigated three Driving While Intoxicated offenses, two of which had open alcohol containers. There were seven theft cases, one instance of lost property and three cases of found property.
From Nov. 1 to Nov. 21, the Highland Village Police Department investigated two Class C assault cases. There were four Driving While Intoxicated incidents and one public intoxication. There were two cases of possession of a controlled substance, one possession of a dangerous drug, three cases of possession of marijuana. Three of possession of drug paraphernalia and one possession of an e-cigarette by a minor. Twice people tried to evade arrest in their vehicles. There was one burglary of a building and two burglaries of vehicles.
On Nov. 1 at 11:09 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 3400 block of Thornberry Trail. The vehicle had been left unlocked in a driveway, and a purse was inside and could be seen through the window in the front passenger floorboard. On Nov. 14 at 11:56 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in a driveway in the 3300 block of Northwood Drive. The vehicle showed no signs of forced entry. A firearm, ammunition and a wallet were taken from the center console of the vehicle. A second vehicle in the driveway was also burglarized, and a firearm was taken out of that vehicle as well.
The Highland Village Police Department wants to remind residents that it is important to remember to always lock your vehicle and hide your valuables. Many vehicle burglaries are simply crimes of opportunity – someone walking by checks the vehicle to see something of value and then finds the door unlocked and helps themselves to the item. Although it is easy to leave items inside a vehicle instead of bringing them in each night before going to bed, remember that it only takes one time for someone to get into your vehicle to take those items. When one of those items is a firearm, it becomes a rather costly mistake. Please remember to take any valuable items inside when securing your vehicle for the night. It is also a good idea to get into the habit of checking your vehicle to assure it is secure before going to bed each evening. If you have an electronic locking system on your vehicle, which most of us do, it just takes a moment to hit that clicker one more time before going to bed.