Dallas, Texas MV Theft

Brian Freskos filed this request with the Dallas Police Department of Dallas, TX.
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From: Ben Hallman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Police reports for every motor vehicle break-in and/or larceny from a motor vehicle that occurred in 2015. I want to determine how many vehicle break-ins occurred in your jurisdiction and basic information about each, including what, if anything, was stolen.

I want to see all the information contained in each police report, including, but not limited to, the time and location of each crime; the criminal's method of entry; the make and model of the vehicle; descriptions of what was stolen and where from inside the vehicle each item was stolen; victims' names, ages, addresses and contact information; and the narrative summary of what happened.

If this data is collated in a digital file or database, providing the results of a search query that yields this information would be an acceptable substitute to physical copies of the reports.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ben Hallman

From: Monjaras, Aurelia

July 21, 2016

MuckRock News
Ben Hallman
DEPT MR 27094
411A Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

RE: Public Information Request Number 2016-16066

The Open Records Team has received your request for information pursuant to the Public Information Act.

Factors affecting your request will depend upon the information you are requesting and the divisions, sections or units responsible for retrieving that information. With this in mind, the information you are requesting may not be available within 10 business days. However, the Open Records Team anticipates the information can be provided within 20 business days from the date of this letter, by 10:00 am.

The Open Records Team apologizes for this delay in fulfilling your request. If you need any information, please feel free to contact the Open Records Team by calling 214-671-3148.

Sincerely,

DAVID O. BROWN
CHIEF OF POLICE

Phyllis I. Nobles

Phyllis I. Nobles, #5393
Lieutenant of Police
Open Records Team
Office of the Chief of Staff

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Chief Brown.

From: Ben Hallman

Given the quantity of reports that our request is likely to produce, we want to narrow it. Instead of requesting incident reports for every larceny from a motor vehicle in 2015, we are now only requesting reports for larcenies from motor vehicles in which a firearm was stolen in 2015.

We still want see all the information contained in the report, including, but not limited to, the time and location of each incident; the criminal's method of entry; the make and model of the vehicle; descriptions of what was stolen and where from inside the vehicle each item was stolen; the victims' names, ages and contact information; and the narrative summary of what happened.

Please also provide the TOTAL number of larcenies from motor vehicles that were reported to your department in 2015, no matter what, if anything, was stolen. All we need here is a number.

If this data is collated in a digital file or database, providing the results of a search query that yields this information would be an acceptable substitute to physical copies of the reports.

From: GRP, OpenRecordUnit

Mr. Hallman,

I checked with the division that your request was forwarded to for a response. Unfortunately, they have already submitted a list of the reports that were initially requested. The list will be reviewed by our records personnel and if it is an extremely large amount of records an estimate or deposit letter regarding the estimated cost will be sent to you before the reports are printed.

Thank you,

Aurelia

From: Ben Hallman

Thank you Aurelia.

From: Dallas Police Department

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: GRP, OpenRecordUnit

Mr. Hallman,

According to Lt. Phyllis Nobles, a deposit letter was mailed out to you within the last couple of days. You should be receiving it, if not by tomorrow, possibly by the beginning of next week.

Once you receive the letter and have had a chance to review it you can send a check for the listed amount if you decide to accept the estimated charges. Once we receive your deposit our Records personnel will be notified so that they can go ahead and pull the reports.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you and have a great day!

From: Ben Hallman

Thanks! For the cost, how many reports does this include? If it's a lot we may decide to just request a small sample.

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