First, please allow me to apologize to the folks who
received emails of last week’s V-LINC 2 or 3 times. Our server developed a
hiccup and over the course of an hour sent out the report multiple times. We
think that we have identified and resolved the problem and are sorry for any
inconvenience. Just as an FYI, the
weekly V-LINC report goes out to 6856 unique email addresses each week, and
that is a good thing. Thanks for being engaged and for helping us serve you by
calling in suspicious persons, vehicles and situations and especially for
reading the V-LINC messages.
Identity theft continues to be the biggest issue
directly impacting our residents. Unfortunately, this crime is one that is not
going to go away any time soon, however, with due diligence we can keep the
damage and losses to a minimum. Over the past couple of weeks there have been 4
automated license plate reader (ALPR) hits that resulted in detectives
identifying identity thieves. Inside of
the stolen cars, one of the consistent pieces of information found was mail from
Today, as I was preparing this V-LINC message we
received an ALPR hit from one of our interior ALPR cameras on a stolen Ford
Expedition out of Round Rock, Texas. We
had just finished serving our dayshift team a BBQ chicken dinner in recognition
of the high number of stolen vehicle recoveries, when the hit came in.
Officers responded to the residential area and located
the stolen vehicle now driving down Memorial and they initiated a traffic stop.
Upon stopping the stolen SUV, officers identified the lone female occupant.
Inside the stolen vehicle was a plethora of stolen mail from Austin, Hutto,
Elgin and several other towns in the Austin area, along with a ledger of names,
birth dates, SSN’s, bank account numbers, mail, packages, and bank statements
with pages of signatures where the suspect was practicing signing the victim’s
names. Withdraw slips from several banks and dozens of checks made out to
dozens of victims from across Texas. The
car also contained a disguise kit that contained wigs, hair pieces, false
eyelashes, padding to be worn under clothes, various types and styles of
glasses and clothes. Officers also located methamphetamine and other unknown
drugs. The suspect was found to have a
5-page RAP sheet which showed prior arrests for burglary, forgery, manufacturing
a controlled substance and a sundry of other crimes. Detectives have spent this
afternoon contacting victims from the Austin area who told them of being
victims of identity theft, credit card abuse and attempts to make withdraws
from their accounts. Finally, after
hours of work, officers and detectives were able to file charges on the suspect
for the drug possession, possession of the identities of others, and for the
unlawful possession of motor vehicle. This was a great stop, catch and
investigation by our officers as we are pretty sure that the suspect was on the
prowl for even more victims.
Earlier today, we held a drawing for our officers and
dispatchers for a number of “Secret Santa” gift cards and other gift cards for
pizzas, Starbucks and Whataburger that had been donated during the holidays
along with 10 bricks of 22 ammo that was donated. Thanks to all of the
residents that had dropped these off during the holidays. We were able to draw
27 names and have some happy employees tonight.
Don’t forget the Hunters Creek Farmers Market every
Saturday morning at the First Congregational Church located at 10840 Beinhorn.
Stop by early for best selection.
Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz email@example.com
Weekly Crime Report
1/10/20 at 1045 Hours. 11000 N. Country Squire.
Identity Theft. Victim reported receiving 2 notices from his bank in reference
to an account that he did not open or authorize. The first letter was notice of a large cash
deposit being flagged due to its suspicious nature and possibly being
fraudulent and denied. The second letter
was in reference to the account itself being flagged as possibly being
fraudulent. Upon contacting his bank, he
determined that someone had used the victim’s identity to open the fraudulent
account. Information was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow
1/10/20 at 1530 Hours. 1-100 Pine Tree. Identity
Theft. Victim reported that over the
past several months several attempts had been made to open bank accounts and
apply for line of credit under her name and identifiers that she had not
authorized. None of the accounts had been approved. The victim wanted the attempts documented
verifying that someone was unlawfully using her identity.
1/16/20 at 1315 Hours. 1-100 Block of Farnham
Park. Identity Theft. Victim reported finding numerous charges on
his credit card that he did not make or authorize. The charges were made by 2 females in the
Boston area at departments stores. Information about the transactions was
obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
1/11/20 at 1330 Hours. 11800 Block of Pinehurst.
Soliciting without a permit/outstanding arrest warrants. Officers were
dispatched to the area in reference to solicitors in the area. Upon arrival officers located 2 male suspects
going door-to-door. Upon contacting the
suspects, officers learned that they did not have a permit. Upon
further investigation officers were able to determine that both subjects had
outstanding warrants for their arrests. Both subjects were taken into custody
and booked into the Harris County Jail, with one awaiting extradition.
1/17/20 at 1330 Hours. 11700 Memorial Drive.
Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful use of a Motor Vehicle,
Possessing the Identities of Others.
Officers responded to the area after receiving an ALPR hit on a stolen
vehicle. Inside the vehicle officers located stolen mail, checks and identities
of victims from across Texas. The suspect was booked into the Harris County
jail on multiple charges.
1/13/20 at 2300 Hours. Memorial at Thamer. Possession
of a Controlled Substance/Property Damage accident. Officers responded to the area after
receiving several reports of a vehicle striking the wall along Memorial
Drive. Upon arrival officers contacted
the driver who requested EMS. Officers observed suspected marijuana in plain
sight and upon further investigation located suspected Ecstasy tablets. The 24-year-old female was booked into the
Harris County Jail.
1/14/20 at 1515 Hours. 200 Voss. Unlawful use of a
motor vehicle/Possession of a Controlled Substance. Officers responded to the area after
receiving an ALPR hit on a stolen vehicle.
Upon arrival to the area officers located the stolen Range Rover and
initiated a traffic stop. Upon
conducting an investigation, it was learned that the vehicle was purchased by
fraudulent means of an unauthorized credit card. The suspect was also found to
be in possession of methamphetamines. The 40-year-old driver was placed under
arrest and booked into the Harris County Jail on the drug charges. Charges in
reference to the stolen vehicle are currently under review by the DA. The
vehicle was impounded.