From the Desk
of Chief Ray Schultz,
Year to everyone as we jump right into 2023.
Unfortunately, crime never takes a vacation and auto burglars continue
to plague the entire Houston area. Two
of our employees had home surveillance systems capture images of suspects
pulling on their car door handles during the overnight hours this past week.
They live in the communities of Sugarland and in Katy. Also, this week, we have
had door pullers in the Villages. One thing that an overwhelming number of successful
vehicle burglaries have in common is the vehicles that are being burglarized usually
have unlocked doors.
In 2022, we
had 33 burglaries of motor vehicles. Of the 33, 32 had unlocked doors. Also, 12
of the 33 vehicles belonged to contractors who were working in the area. Of those
12, 11 had unlocked doors. Most of these
crimes would not have occurred had the vehicles simply been locked.
that we know is these criminals are brazen. They drive around day and night
looking for unlocked and/or unsecured vehicles. Their targets change depending
on day or night. Daytime it is contractor/commercial or worker vehicles, and
during the overnight hours, it is vehicles parked in driveways, parking pads
and backyards. One of the videos from Katy this week shows a small SUV pull into
a cul-de-sac and two subjects run from car to car pulling on the door handles,
locked cars are passed over with the suspect never even looking inside.
This week we
also had an auto burglary occur at one of our schools where a parent ran inside
the school to drop off a child, only to return to the vehicle minutes later and
learn she had been a victim of a theft.
In this case, we were able to use area surveillance footage and the ALPR
system to identify a suspect vehicle. A check of the suspect vehicle activity
shows the vehicle traveling frequently up and down the street on the day of the
theft in what appears to be them watching the school and cars pulling up into
the parking lot. The vehicle in this
case has been identified as a rental vehicle. Adding to this particular story,
the suspects even tried to cover the license plate with a piece of cardboard,
but being the dumb crooks that they are, the cardboard flew off of the car,
allowing our ALPR to capture the plate (unknown to the suspects). The dumb
suspects realizing they had lost their cardboard, then took the license plates
completely off their car, so they could still commit their burglary. These criminals are so focused on committing
these crimes that they don’t care.
case, we will be able to identify them. It is going to take a lot of
work as we request subpoenas for videos and bank records, rental car agreements
and store videos and receipts. We will get an arrest warrant and eventually
pick them up, and hopefully get them charged. What the long-term outcome will
be, is anybody’s guess. The victim still lost a purse, wallet, phone, and
credit cards and will need to closely monitor her identity and credit report
The reason I
am spending so much time on these particular crimes is these are very preventable.
We cannot let our guard down. Please remember to lock your vehicles every time
you get out. Even if only for a few short minutes or in your own driveway, yard,
or garage. Whether you are at home, work, school or visiting someone, lock the
doors. I don’t think the criminals are
going to stop until there are no more vehicles to easily get into. Thanks
a review of the ALPR year end numbers for 2022, we recovered a total of 74 stolen
vehicles valued at $1.7 million dollars. Additionally, we were alerted to and recovered
49 stolen license plates. We located an additional 11 stolen vehicles that fled
from officers but were not pursued due to unsafe driving conditions. The ALPR
system was instrumental in 13 additional criminal investigations. Since 2019,
the MVPD has recovered 232 stolen vehicles, worth over $5 million dollars. Great work by our officers, dispatchers, and
detectives in utilizing this technology to its fullest potential.
January 8, 2023, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Chapelwood Church is sponsoring a
children’s community wide scavenger hunt. Teams will be chaperoned by an adult
and will move through the community completing tasks, taking pictures and
collecting “stuff”. They will be taking pictures of themselves at specific
locations in the villages, so anyone wondering what’s going on, that is what’s
have a few spots left in the upcoming evening RAD Class. January
17-19, 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Contact Officer Michelle Owens for more information
Have a great
weekend. Chief Ray Schultz email@example.com
Weekly Crime Report
1730 Hours. 300 Block of Piney Point Road. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The
victim reported that she had arrived at the school to drop off a child for a
school event and had parked in the rear of the facility. She had gone inside
for a few minutes leaving her purse inside of the unlocked vehicle. Upon
returning to her vehicle, she found her purse was missing. Inside her purse was
her phone and wallet with credit cards. The cell phone was tracked to the area
of San Felipe and Voss but not located before signal was lost. A short time later the victims credit cards
were used at businesses at the Galleria Mall. Detectives were notified and utilized
area video surveillance to identify a suspect vehicle. A black SUV had entered the
area of the burglary shortly after the victim arrived and left minutes
later. The black SUV did not have front
or rear license plates affixed to the vehicle.
Detectives then accessed nearby ALPR system cameras and were able to locate
the same black SUV in the area just before the crime displaying FL license
plates. The vehicle appears to be a rental vehicle. The
suspect(s) had removed the license plates before committing the burglary. Detectives
are following up on the investigation obtaining video from the mall and from
the rental car company.
1600 Hours. 300 Block of Gessner. Identity Theft. The victim reported that he
received a message from his bank about confirmation for an international wire
transfer of funds from his bank account to Vietnam. The victim had not
authorized any transfer of funds and declined the transfer. Information about
the attempted transaction was collected and provided to detectives for their
follow up investigation. (Note: Over the past few days the victim and his wife
have been inundated with excess email spam messages)
1/5/23 at 0830
Hours, 11800 Block of Brair Branch Lane. Burglary of a Vehicle. The victim
reported that upon going to his vehicle this morning he found that someone had
entered his vehicle during the night and removed items from the unlocked SUV. A
check of his daughter’s vehicle found the same had occurred to her car. The
victim then checked his video cameras and located an unknown subject walking
around his vehicle at approximately 1:30 am. Information about the burglaries
was collected and the scene processed for fingerprints. MVPD detectives were notified
and have taken over the investigation.
1630 Hours. 300 Block of Shasta. Theft. The victim reported that sometime
between 1130 and 1630 hours, unknown person(s) removed two packages that had
been delivered to his residence. The victim had confirmed delivery with the
company. Information about the theft was
collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.