Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, August 26, 2022
Chief's Weekly Update

Memorial Villages Police Department

From the Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,

This has been another busy week for MVPD staff in stopping and recovering stolen vehicles. Thanks to our ALPR system and old-fashion traffic enforcement, so far this month, the MVPD has recovered 12 stolen vehicles located by the ALPR system and 2 more as the result of our fake paper license plate operations plan. The vehicles in total are worth over $221,000 dollars. One was occupied by a wanted fugitive, two contained narcotics and 5 had been involved in fraudulent activities. Great work by officers in locating these vehicles and in finding and stopping numerous vehicles that were utilizing fraudulent paper license plate tags.

Kudos this week to Memorial Drive Elementary School Staff.  On Wednesday morning at approximately 0940 Hours a fire alarm went off at the school. School staff could smell the faint odor of smoke in a hallway and quickly evacuated the entire school in the middle of a downpour. First responders arrived within minutes to find the entire school huddled outside under the play area overhang. The kids were all dry but most importantly were all outside and safe. Village Fire personnel were able to quickly search the entire school and confirm that there was no fire. Children were allowed inside soon afterwards. As we were driving to the school ourselves, we were wondering how the situation would be handled considering the harsh weather conditions. As we pulled up in front, standing at the front door was the principle with master keys in hand. She confirmed the school had been evacuated and directed personnel to the area of the alarms. As fire and police personnel walked through the outside play area after verifying there was no fire, the kids erupted in applause for the fire and police personnel. School staff told us that this week’s classes had included instruction on respect, and people who you look up to, hence the spontaneous applause.  Thanks to the great staff at MDE for their concern for the kids and in getting everyone to safety, and to the students for their kind response and display of respect and thanks. You made our day.  

On Friday September 9, 2022, Hunters Creek Elementary School will be hosting their annual “Lunch with Hero’s” Event. Lunch begins at 10:45 with first graders and rotates every 30 minutes finishing up with second graders at 12:25. Parents, grandparents who have served in the military, and community leaders along with first responders will join the children for lunch. This annual tradition is always welcomed by our team of first responders as we eat lunch with the students and staff.

Attached to this week's V-LINC message is a BOLO for a package theft suspect that hit in the villages this week. After the theft was reported to MVPD detectives, they were able to locate a picture of the suspect vehicle from a nearby privately owned ALPR system. The paper license plate tag however could not be completely read due to the angle and by being partially blocked by another vehicle.  Detectives were able to take the unique sticker in the rear window and conduct a system-wide search of the ALPR database where they located the same vehicle and a legible plate number.  Unfortunately, the plate is fictitious. The fake plate is now in the hotlist file and being monitored.  Please stay on the lookout for the listed vehicle with special attention for the sticker on the rear window. The fake paper tag has probably been replaced with another one. Our officers continue to aggressively go after fraudulent paper tags being displayed on vehicles. We are stopping vehicles daily with fake paper tags being bought from social media sites and will continue to do so. We are asking prosecutors and judges to help us hold these violators accountable.

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

 

Weekly Crime Report

Piney Point

8/20/22 at 1400 Hours. 600 Block of Blalock. Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages on Blalock Road.  Officers were nearby and quickly located and stopped the U-Haul Vehicle.  Through investigation officers learned that the occupants had just rented the vehicle earlier in the day. A check with U-Haul showed the vehicle to still be listed as stolen out of Wisconsin.  Officers assisted the occupants with removing their belongings from the U-Haul and providing them with a ride to the closest U-Haul on Voss Road where they were able to get another U-Haul Truck.  The truck in question was towed so that U-Haul staff could remove the vehicle from the national database.

Hunters Creek

8/20/22 at 2215 Hours. 600 Block of Voss. Recovered Stolen Vehicle/Evading Arrest with a Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen U-Haul truck entering the villages on Voss Road. Officers located the vehicle traveling on the I-10 frontage road and initiated a traffic stop.  The vehicle stopped in the traffic lanes and as officers were approaching the vehicle it sped away from officers.  The stolen truck was followed to Campbell Road where the vehicle turned north and entered Spring Valley. The U-Haul attempted to cut through a gas station at Longpoint Road but lost control and became disabled. The driver then ran from the vehicle on foot.  Officers were able to chase down the suspect and take him into custody. The 27-year-old male was arrested and booked into the Harris County Jail and the vehicle was recovered and towed.

8/22/22 at 1300 Hours. 11000 Block of Kemwood. Theft.  The victim reported that she found that jewelry was missing from her home. The victim stated that a maid service had recently been at her home and had seen where the jewelry was kept locked away. Information about the maid service was collected and provided to detectives who have taken over the investigation.   

8/23/22 at 1230 Hours. 10800 Block of Bridlewood. Package Theft. The victim reported that upon reviewing his video doorbell, that at approximately 1230 hours on August 16, 2022, a male suspect in a dark colored vehicle stopped in front of his home. A black male exited the car and walked up to the front door at which time he grabbed a package from the porch before running back to his car and speeding away. The victim was not sure what was taken other than a medium sized box.  Information and a copy of her video was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

8/24/22 at 0945 Hours. 600 Voss. Recovered Stolen Vehicle (non-ALPR). Officers were conducting a tactical operation looking for fraudulent paper license plate tags traveling on Voss Road when they observed one on a Hyundai SUV.  Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.  Officers checked the VIN number on the vehicle and found that the vehicle was listed as stolen out of Dallas, Texas.  The DA’s Office was contacted but declined charges as the victim was unable to be contacted.  The male driver and his passenger were then dropped off at Voss Road and San Felipe and the stolen vehicle was recovered and towed.  

8/25/22 at 0030 Hours. 10400 Block of Memorial Drive. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The victim stated that he had been out to retrieve an item from his vehicle approximately 15 minutes earlier and everything was okay. When he returned to his vehicle a second time, he found that an unknown person had entered his unlocked car and ransacked the console and glove box. The only items missing were 3 already cashed checks. Information about the theft was taken and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

8/25/22 at 1715 Hours. 300 Block of Hunters Trail. Attempted Fraud. The victim stated that she has begun receiving correspondence from multiple stores and credit card companies for additional information to complete recent credit applications. The victim however has not applied for any credit.  An unknown person is attempting to assume the victim’s identification.  Information was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. The victim will be monitoring her credit report for any additional inquiries.   

 

Bunker Hill

8/22/22 at 1200 Hours. 1 – 100 Block of Concord Circle. Fraud.  The victim reported that last Friday her cellphone had stopped working and provided messaging that it had no service. A short time later it returned to normal. On Monday, she learned that her on-line banking account had been accessed and two cashier’s checks issued against her account that she did not authorize.   Through investigation it was determined that unknown suspect(s) had gone to an AT&T store where a sales associate was convinced to provide the person a duplicate sim card of the victim’s phone. The cashier’s checks were then issued and picked up from a bank in the same area of the AT&T store. Information about the AT&T account and bank was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

8/25/22 at 0200 Hours.  200 Block of Gessner. Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages on Gessner Road.  Officers were already monitoring traffic in the area when the vehicle drove by officers who initiated a traffic stop. Officers took the juvenile driver into custody as the vehicle was confirmed as stolen. The juvenile was telephonically booked into the Juvenile Justice Center and then released to his parents per the JCC. The vehicle was towed.  

8/26/22 at 1000 Hours. 1 - 100 Block of Caroline Trail. Theft of a Motor Vehicle. The victim stated that sometime during the night unknown subjects took her vehicle from her home without her permission. The vehicle had been left unlocked with the keys inside of the vehicle. A tracker on the vehicle showed it to currently be in Texas City. MVPD officers contacted officers in Texas City who recovered the unoccupied vehicle. A check of nearby video in the Caroline Trail area located 3 subjects wearing hoodies and masks to be walking in the area early this morning at 0330 hours, pulling on car door handles. Detectives have taken over the investigation.  


 
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