A restaurant manager told police Monday afternoon one of his employees had been altering tickets to give herself more tips than what customers actually intended to tip, according to a police report.

Police said the manager noted about $1,000 in fraudulent tip money in the past month, the report says. The restaurant, Cowboy Chicken, is in the 2500 block of West University Drive.

The waitress was not arrested on any credit/debit card abuse or theft charges but was arrested on an unrelated warrant issued by the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, the report shows.

A police spokeswoman said Denton police investigators were working to determine the extent of the reported fraud, such as whether the company was defrauded or if customers were victims.

Other reports

700 block of Fort Worth Drive — A man was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle when, police said, officers found him driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen, according to a police report.

Police said the vehicle’s owner went to the Denton Police Department to report the vehicle missing, and at about the same time a caller reported a “suspicious vehicle” was moving around parking lots in the 700 block of Fort Worth Drive.

Police arrived at the location and found the man.

The victim said she knew the man and was around him the night before, only to wake up and find her keys and vehicle missing, the report states.

1800 block of South Loop 288 — Police said a man kicked a door and started screaming when a Total Wine employee declined to sell him alcohol Monday night after he told the employee he did not have any identification with him, according to a police report.

The man allegedly caused about $500 worth of damage to the door and was criminally trespassed from the property, police said.


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

  • The Denton Police Department handled 146 service and officer-initiated calls and made six arrests.
  • Denton firefighters responded to 29 medical calls and three vehicle crashes.

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

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