Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, January 24, 2020
From the Office of the Chief of Police

This past week has seen a number of old and new scams appear in the Memorial area. Scams have included direct contact from individuals asking residents at area businesses for gas money so that they can get back home to Katy, asking for money in order for them to be able to leave an abusive husband, while others are asking for money in order to attend a relatives funeral out of state. If approached outside of a business, school or church always be weary of these requests. While some may be legitimate, most usually are not and are harassment and/or intimidation. Inform the place of business of the activity occurring outside so that they can take the proper action and notify law enforcement. Others scams we have been notified of this week include email phishing attempts.  The Apple email telling you that your subscription to Apple News has been processed at $9.99 per month and if this was an error to “click here”, has been seen.

The IRS phone call scam is also being made to residents.  The most recent version informs you that your bank is being investigated by the IRS and that you should withdraw your money before the accounts are all frozen. They then ask for personal information to verify your identity and bank account.  And then there is a Fed Ex phishing email hitting the area telling you that a package is being delivered to you today and once again you should click on the link to learn more about the delivery. Once you click on the link, you are asked for information to verify your identity before you get details.

Remember these are all active scams – Do Not get taken. A resident who recently received one of these calls, called me stating he believed the “scam” to be real. Even after I told him it was fake; he was still worried that the IRS was going to freeze his account. Finally, after I convinced him the IRS will not tell you they are freezing your accounts, they will just do it, he realized it was indeed fraudulent. 

Early this morning all of us were awakened by a loud explosion that occurred north of the Villages.  Our overnight staff continually monitored the event keeping me apprised of the incident and we issued the V-LINC as soon as we had verified information as to what had occurred and if any precautions were being issued.  We always have a fully staffed dispatch center on duty monitoring not only the villages but the surrounding area as well. In the event of a situation requiring emergency communications we will deliver those via our V-LINC system, public broadcast, social media and if needed, in person by going door-to-door. Please limit inquiry calls to the MVPD unless you need immediate assistance.  Thanks to this morning’s team for staying on top of developments and for handling the deluge of calls.

Don’t forget the upcoming Food truck Rodeo set for March 7, 2020.  Purchase food from some of Houston’s Top Food Trucks right here in the Villages, while meeting our public safety team, checking out collector cars, visit the kids’ zone and root on your favorite public safety officer to win the mechanical bull riding contest.  Fun for everyone, hosted by the Memorial Villages Police Foundation.

Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz rschultz@mvpdtx.org 

 

Weekly Crime Report

Bunker Hill

1/17/20 at 1800 Hours. 11700 Block of Memorial Drive. Theft of a license plate. Victim reported that unknown person(s) had removed the rear license plate from her vehicle.  The license plate was entered in to NCIC as stolen. Information was forwarded to detectives for their follow up investigation.

1/21/20 at 1030 Hours. 600 Block of Bunker Hill Road. Theft.  Resident reported that while having contractors performing some work at her home, she noticed a watch was missing from the case where it had been seen earlier.  Officers and detectives responded and questioned the contractor and employees.  The watch was not located; however the investigation is still on-going.

Piney Point

1/18/20 at 0815 Hours. 11200 Block of Hermosa Ct. Telephone Harassment.  The victim reported receiving continuing unwanted phone calls and text messages from a former acquaintance.  The suspect has been asked to stop the contact; however, he has not stopped but increased the attempts, which include driving by the victim’s residence. Detectives were provided information about the suspect and proof of the calls/texts. Investigation is on-going.

1/18/20 at 1015 Hours. 600 Blalock. Driving While Intoxicated.  Officer observed a vehicle speeding on Blalock and then run a stop sign before weaving off the road and on to the sidewalk. Officer stopped the vehicle and upon approaching the driver observed signs of intoxication.  The suspect failed a series of field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. A subsequent breath test showed the suspect to be 4 times the legal limit.  The 26-year-old male was booked into the Harris County Jail.

1/19/20 at 1815 Hours. 11500 Block of Green Oaks. Assault.  Officers were notified of a fight between contractors at the above location. Through investigation officers learned that 2 contractors had gotten into a physical fight over some missing tools. The victim of the assault did not want to pursue charges at this time. Both agreed that they could continue to work at the same job site without any further issues.

Hunters Creek

1/19/20 at 0130 Hours. 900 Bingle. Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine. Officers were dispatched to the area in reference to a passenger causing a disturbance with an Uber driver. Upon arrival officers learned that the passenger had an outstanding warrant for her arrest for possession of dangerous drugs. Upon placing the suspect under arrest officers located several loaded syringes and a quantity of methamphetamine on the suspect.  The 38-year-old female was then booked into the Harris County jail on the arrest warrant along with new charges for the drug possession.

1/19/20 at 2245 Hours.  200 Voss. Criminal Mischief. Officers observed that unknown persons had placed graffiti on the MVPD ALPR vehicle that was parked on Voss.  A check of the ALPR vehicles captures, shows an older model Ford or Mercury pull up directly in front of the MVPD vehicle and an unidentified subject exit the driver’s side door.   Graffiti consisting of a gang moniker was written on the fender.  The graffiti was documented and then removed with cleaning solution. The ALPR vehicle was then returned to service.

1/19/20 at 0000 Hours. 1-100 block of Callie Court.  Criminal Mischief. Victim reported that unknown persons had broken out a side window of her vehicle shortly after she returned home from a restaurant.   Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle. Information was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. 

 
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