Steve Parker Might Be Dallas' Most Robbed Man

7025Hemlock.jpg
trulia
There are some large and generally predictable drawbacks to living a stone's throw from Vickery Meadows' Five Points intersection, which is a notorious hotbed of crime. Steve Parker learned as much soon after moving into his Hemlock Avenue condo in 2008.

Things started innocuously enough when someone kicked a hole in his fence. The next month, he was walking to his mailbox when he saw someone driving a nail into the tire of his 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Then someone kicked another hole in his fence.

All told, Parker has reported to police 14 instances of burglary, robbery, theft, and vandalism in the past five years. There was the time a weedeater and leaf blower that were stolen from his storage shed. An "X" that was keyed onto his trunk. The trespasser who showed Parker the pistol tucked in his waistband and threatened murder. The neighborhood kid who punched Parker in the face and stole his phone after asking to use it to call his mom. The stolen car.

The list goes on. Reading police reports, one gets the distinct impression that Parker has somehow become the target of every petty criminal in Vickery Meadow.

The ultimate indignity came early Monday morning, about 2 a.m., when he spotted a couple of men loading his potted plants into their Infiniti. Three weeks prior, someone had stolen eight baskets of pansies. He'd followed the trail of broken petals to a nearby apartment complex, where he found two of the baskets, but until this moment, the case had remained unsolved.

Parker had had enough. He got in his car, pulled behind the Infiniti to box it in and demanded his plants back. The men refused and threatened to ram his car, if that's what they had to do to escape with their botanic haul. Then they decided it'd be more effective to simply pull Parker from the car, rough him up a bit and move his car themselves.

So they did that. Parker, who could not be reached for comment, is apparently OK, and was able to call the police. Officers responded some time later, but have not yet tracked down the plant nappers.

My Voice Nation Help
48 comments
meandhim
meandhim

Is this guy for real or is this a joke? These crimes are not even worth writing aboiut. It is so comical that my husband and I think this whole blog is a joke. Did this Steve guy ask this be written? Strange is all I can say.

spiab
spiab

if he has so many problems there maybe he should sell his apartment and move. do the other people around him have as much theft, vandalism, and threats as he??? maybe there is a reason he is targeted.

TexMarine
TexMarine

Several steady squeezes on a trigger would fix that problem.

Alejandro Monjaras
Alejandro Monjaras

I looked at the map to see where in Dallas this was and I used to live in that area in the villages and it never seemed like that bad of an area to me.

Paula Cline
Paula Cline

I bet if he had a gun to protect himself...just saying.

Jennifer Spera
Jennifer Spera

I won't even drive through those parts. But do agree, that dude needs to arm himself.

Scott W. Hatfield
Scott W. Hatfield

Mr. Parker should start packing and use it when threatened. That's a nasty, rough neighborhood and has been for >20 years.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

There is a reason your condo only cost $20,000. 

Going to be waiting on that appreciation a LONG time. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Sounds like Steve should've been named "Mark"

James080
James080 topcommenter

Surely you're mistaken. The crime statistics in Dallas have been falling for years. Everyone says so.

Hmmmmm....maybe crimes are not decreasing, only reporting of crimes.

If someone in Dallas is robbed at gun point and the police don't respond, did it really happen?

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

But advocates are trying to increase voter turnout so that should change things, right?

if6were9
if6were9

This is all taught thru the 'Ron Paul Home School School'. Sheesh, people, it's high-time y'all got with the program(Ron Paul's that is)!

tyler
tyler

I miss Charles Bronson.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Here is your report number for your insurance claim ...


Truly, I do pity the guy, but this story is more common than you think.

meandhim
meandhim

@spiab Sounds like he is asking for it by chasing so called criminals.

meandhim
meandhim

@VIFollower Sounds like this guy is a big problem to himself. Maybe he should leave people in the hood alone.

meandhim
meandhim

@VIFollower You should tell us more about this guy. We think it is all made up.

deep-sigh
deep-sigh

@TexMarine yeah....DPD would show up for that...problem is, the one who gets shot is probably Steve Parker by DPD

VIFollower
VIFollower

@Alejandro Monjaras 

It has gotten worse but some people bring on trouble by messing with people in the neighborhood.

meandhim
meandhim

@Paula Cline This is not for real. How can anyone be serious about him chasing after a pansy? Really? Who is he, Martha Stewart?

josej
josej

@Scott W. Hatfield he not a good man and will shoot wrong person

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@scottindallas 

Or maybe, Lucky.

They'll probably be calling him "dearly departed" if he keeps on messing with the pansie thieves.

spiab
spiab

@James080 

that is the $65,000 question.....did it really happen? sounds fishy to me.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@James080 When the chief speaks of falling statistics, he means they fall off his desk into the round file.

WylieH
WylieH

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul No kidding.  I have a friend who recently moved away from the City of Dallas-- she complained to me a couple of weeks ago about being the victim of a relatively minor crime.  I asked if she reported it, and she said no-- it would just be a waste of time.  When I reminded her she no longer lived in the City of Dallas and was actually in a jurisdiction where stuff like that is pursued, her face lit up.

Within the City of Dallas, crime has to exceed a certain threshold to get anyone at DPD focused on investigating it.  Now that I think about it, however, isn't "Lucille Baller" now supervising a detective squad--- a bet that's a cracker jack operation!

TexMarine
TexMarine

@BushwoodSmithie @GuitarPlayer It's hard for DPD to respond quickly because they're busy driving around talking to their mistresses on their cell phones.  They'll get to the crime after they've arranged for a little end of shift rendezvous.

Next time please schedule you're home invasion for a more convenient time...or bring your friends Smith and Wesson in to help.

Daniel
Daniel

@BushwoodSmithie @GuitarPlayer Montemalone has a point. You should have told them that you suspected your roommate/child/parent was smoking kind bud in his room.  A battalion of stormtroopers would have been there in ninety seconds flat.

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

@Montemalone @ScottsMerkin @GuitarPlayer Better yet tell them you are a psychic and there a pile of satanic child victims buried on the site.  That seems surefire to summon a small army of law enforcement and the new media in Texas ASAP.

BushwoodSmithie
BushwoodSmithie

@GuitarPlayer

"Look, I'm not a big fan of the DPD but they truly do show up when the heavy shit is going down and they do it fast."

A couple months ago I called 911 when someone was trying to break in to my residence. We're talking home invasion of an occupied residence -- supposedly the highest priority call.

It took over 15 minutes for one officer to arrive.

I'm one block from the Central Division police station.


Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin @GuitarPlayer If you tell the popo that there may be a few grams of pot on the other side of that door, they'll bring the battering ram and the SWAT team.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@ScottsMerkin


I used to catch my former next door neighbor doing stuff all the time. When the police would come over and knock on his door he knew if he did not answer they would leave. The only way they could use "probable cause" is if he answered. There is a good and bad side to it. 

Could you give me an example that you mention above?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@GuitarPlayer lest you forget a domestic violence call comes in, the cops knock on the door and no one answers so instead of investigating the call they leave.  So I guess you are right, they showed up, they just didnt do anything once they are there

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

@ScottsMerkin   

Ah.....that murder thing, I think it was a 911 problem. 

Look, I'm not a big fan of the DPD but they truly do show up when the heavy shit is going down and they do it fast. I can attest to this with personal experience many times. They may take longer if your house has been hit but that's because someone might me dying or there is a traffic control issue that is unsafe for the public. Your shit isn't more important than some whose life is in danger, sorry. 

If a person doesn't report crime no matter how small then they are an idiot. The DPD will focus on an area if there is a lot of crime reported. 

Now Trending

Dallas Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...