Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, September 18, 2020
From the Office of the Chief of Police

On Thursday morning Sergeant Adam Pavlock and Officer Frank Lerma topped off one of the department Police vehicles and headed off to Lake Charles, Louisiana. The marked Chevrolet Tahoe and our equipment trailer were full to the brim with the donated items provided by staff members and the Memorial community. In addition to the cleaning supplies, water and many other essentials, we even had a donated generator that was loaded up. Between your cash and gift-card donations and employee donations, we were able to provide a check totaling $5,000.00 for first responders and their families along with gift cards for other needed supplies. 

Officer Lerma worked directly with the St. Charles Police Department Police Association on making the arrangements for the distribution of the supplies and funds. Upon arrival to Louisiana our officers said they saw extensive devastation in every direction. At the PD they were told by officers that they just got electricity back at 8 am that morning (Thursday). Many of the officers and their family members were showering in outdoor showers that have been set up at the PD. As our supplies were unloaded our staff noticed that there was not much there, our supplies had arrived just in time.  As they were finishing the unloading, someone remarked about what were they going to do for lunch. Officer Lerma handed them a $200 gift card that a Village resident had donated and told them that lunch was on a Memorial Villages resident.

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who took time to donate supplies and drop them off at the MVPD. You truly helped make a huge difference to many families in Louisiana.

Also, even earlier Thursday morning, it appears that between 3:45am and 4:30 am someone was driving in the area of Taylorcrest between Bunker Hill and Echo and checking mailboxes for unclaimed mail. Officers noticed open mailboxes while on patrol that had been closed earlier in the shift. A review of nearby ALPR systems located a couple of possible suspect vehicles that are being followed up on by our detectives.  Of special interest is a small white or silver sedan. This is a good reminder to everyone to ensure that mail is removed daily from your mailboxes.  There is an uptick in fraudulent unemployment claims being filed throughout the metro area. Most probably these thieves are looking for mail in order to gather just enough information about you in order to file a fraudulent claim.

Our officers have also observed the feed the homeless campaign that is currently active in the area where a brown paper bag is left at the front door of the donor’s home and is filled with can goods and other non-perishable items for donation. The specific request from officers is they are seeing these being left at houses that are on house watch. Their concern is the empty bags signal that no one is home. Remember that if you are going to be gone for a prolonged period of time to cancel things like paper deliveries and have a neighbor or relative remove items left behind that signal thieves that the home is currently empty, such sales flyers, dry cleaning, service receipts, deliveries and now, these donation bags.

There is yet another storm lingering in the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Wilfred. We are closely monitoring this one as well just in case it has an effect on the Houston area. Don’t forget about storm drains, ditches and culverts. Please keep them clean and clear of debris.

I have received a few more complaints this week from motorists who are having issues with pedestrians and cyclists in the street. Especially between the hours of 6am and 7am when it is still dark out. Walking, running and biking in the street is dangerous as pedestrians without reflective markings are difficult to see. If there is a sidewalk present, pedestrians should be using it. The same for cyclists in Bunker Hill and Hunters Creek.  Please be courteous and move onto the sidewalks where present. It will be appreciated.

Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz 

Weekly Crime Report

Piney Point

9/12/20 at 0800 Hours. 600 Block of Piney Point. Identity Theft. The victim reported that a person unknown to him used his social security number to file a claim for unemployment benefits with the Texas Workforce Commission.   Paperwork with a female’s name on it was sent to the victim’s home address. Information about the unemployment application was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. 

9/13/20 at 1545 Hours. 1-100 block of Windemere. Unlawful Use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were dispatched to the area in reference to a disabled vehicle where a male subject was asking area residents for money. Upon arrival officers were given a description of the male subject who was located walking near Fondren.  A check of the vehicle VIN number (No plate) showed the vehicle to be stolen out of Houston. Additionally, stolen property from the Home Depot on Westheimer was located inside of the vehicle. The stolen vehicle had also been recently spray painted in an attempt to change the appearance.  The 54-year-old male suspect was booked into the Harris County Jail and the vehicle towed.

Bunker Hill

9/12/20 at 1345 Hours. 200 Block of Bylane. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The victim reported that as she entered her vehicle on this date, she observed that items from the center console had been removed and were on front seat. A closer inspection found that several items were missing from the vehicle. A video surveillance system covers the area and the victim stated that a technician would be checking for any footage.  The vehicle had been parked at the location for approximately 48 hours and was not locked.  Information about the stolen items was obtained and provided to detectives who are following up on the incident.

9/12/20 at 1945 Hours. 11700 Block of Memorial. Theft.  The victim reported that he was visiting a friend and had left his bicycle outside of the residence. When he went to leave his bicycle was missing and another bicycle was left in its place. The victim checked the area for his bicycle however, it was not located. Officers reviewed area video surveillance and did not locate any activity related to the theft. Information about the theft was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

9/16/20 at 2215 Hours. 11700 Block of Winshire. Identity Theft/Fraud. The victim reported receiving correspondence in the mail from the Texas Workforce Commission in reference to his unemployment claim. The problem is the victim is retired and has not filed a claim. Information about the claim was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. The victim was told to closely monitor his credit and other financial statements.

Hunters Creek

9/13/20 at 2130 Hours. 700 Block of Hunters Grove. Fraud.  The victim reported being advised of an attempt to open additional phone lines on her cellular phone account. After dealing with that issue, she decided to check on her bank accounts where she located 3 unauthorized withdraws, one in Texas and 2 in New Mexico that occurred on 9/11/20. Information about the withdraws and banks where they were made was obtained and all information was provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. The victim froze all of her accounts with the bank and phone company.

9/14/20 at 1430 Hours. 800 Block of Voss. Recovered Stolen Vehicle. Officers were alerted of a stolen vehicle entering the villages on Voss by the ALPR system. Officers were nearby and quickly located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Through investigation it was learned that the suspect had taken the vehicle while on a test drive. The victim was selling the vehicle and a friend went with the suspect for a test drive. The suspect stopped at a gas station and gave the friend of the owner a debit card and said to put some gas in. As the friend exited the car the suspect drove off and never returned with the vehicle. The suspect claimed that he had purchased the Lexus for $3000. The DA’s office was contacted and declined to accept charges at this time.  The owner arrived at the scene and took custody of his vehicle. The suspect was released while the case was turned over to HPD for further investigation.

9/15/20 at 1500 Hours. 700 Block of West Creekside. Identity Theft/Fraud. The victim reported receiving information in the mail from the Texas Workforce Commission for unemployment benefits that she had applied for. The problem was the victim had not filed a claim for unemployment as she has not worked in over 30 years. Information about the application was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. 

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