Denton police arrested two men Wednesday near a homeless camp at the corner of Shady Oaks Drive and South Loop 288, a department spokesman said.

One of the men was arrested on a warrant. The other man was arrested after police noticed he was in possession of two small motorcycles that had been reported stolen. Other people found in the area were allowed to stay; homeless people were not forced to leave the encampment, police spokesman Bryan Cose said.

There is a vacant house at the corner of Shady Oaks and Loop 288. Windows and doors are boarded shut. Around the property, there are indications that homeless people stay there — a suitcase, blankets and sheets, trash and other items litter the property.

Reached by phone, the owner of the property, which is for sale, said the property has been on the market for several years now.

Cose said after the wanted man was arrested at the house, police ventured down a trail into the surrounding wooded area. They found fewer than a dozen people inhabiting the area. One man, Cose said, was tinkering with a small motorbike; another bike was nearby.

Cose said officers contacted Tractor Supply Co., a nearby business where employees had reported two motorbikes stolen, and after reviewing security camera footage and cross-checking serial numbers on the bikes with the ones reported stolen, they determined the man had stolen the bikes, and he was arrested on a theft charge.

Other reports

4000 block of Interstate 35 — A man was arrested on outstanding warrants after an officer who recognized him stopped to talk to him, according to a police report. The man had three warrants from the Grapevine Police Department.

While he was being booked into Denton City Jail on Tuesday afternoon, jailers found a small plastic bag of methamphetamine on him, police said. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

1200 block of Mayhill Road — Employees of Denton County House Movers told police that somebody dumped 50 used tires, clothing, bedding, papers and empty boxes onto the business’s private property, according to a police report.

State law prohibits such dumping. Police filed a report.


From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

  • The Denton County Sheriff’s Office handled 816 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves.
  • The Denton Police Department handled 153 service and officer-initiated calls and made five arrests.
  • Denton firefighters responded to 24 medical calls and four vehicle crashes.

DALTON LAFERNEY can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @daltonlaferney.

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