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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Crime Report
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.
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
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
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