Good afternoon. Well we made it through last weekend’s
storms with minimal impact on the Villages. Other than a couple of trees that
fell, no significant damage and no flooding. Thanks to everyone for clearing
out the drains, grates and culverts. We will continue to monitor developing
storms in the Gulf and let you know if anything develops.
Tomorrow is the first day of August and that means
that school (of some type) is right around the corner. Many of you have delayed
vacations however, with school quickly approaching we are seeing an uptick in
house watches for long overdue vacations. If you are going out of town, please
let us know. You can register online or give us a call at 713-365-3700. House
watches are important as they get our units to spend more time on some streets
where they might not travel as frequently. House watches also change up our
patrol patterns and random patrol patterns are the ones that are most likely to
help us discover any bad actors who may be in the area.
Empty and abandoned homes in the area: This week
officers were sent to check on a van that was stuck in the mud on a property of
an empty “for sale” home. Upon investigating the vehicle, officers came across
a homeless couple that owned the van. They told officers that they were homeless
and driving around and decided to stop at the property. After they became
stuck, they unloaded all of their property and placed it behind the home.
Officers assisted the couple in freeing their van and then asked that they
reload their property and move on, which they did. The reason why I am mentioning this it
appeared that the couple had been intending on staying at the property for a
while. These situations can become very
“sticky” should someone establish themselves on a vacant/abandoned property.
The MVPD continues to monitor empty homes and we
include them on our house watch list. Over the next week we will be
inventorying the villages to identify every currently vacant home. Officers
will be checking every street and compiling a master list. A few of these homes
have been vacant for 10+ years. Vacant homes can attract the types of problems
that we want to avoid. We will be sharing the lists with Village officials in
order to better protect the homes in question and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Congratulations to the Riverbend Neighborhood and the
addition of the newest ALPR system. The camera has been installed at River Bend
and River Glyn and is a welcomed addition to the MVPD network.
A couple more recovered stolen vehicles were discovered
this week and more criminals arrested. YTD recovered vehicles stand at 39 cars,
trucks and SUV’s. Read about this week’s arrests below.
Burglary Update: On Wednesday MVPD detectives obtained
an arrest warrant for 2 suspects who were identified as the burglars involved
in a burglary incident that occurred on 7/11/20. Detectives were able to identify the suspects
based on latent fingerprints obtained from the crime scene and by using area
video surveillance footage. Great work by our detectives and our crime scene
specialist officer in obtaining the fingerprints. We look forward to seeing
this pair of criminals in court.
There continues to be a number of active scams in the
area, some old and some new. Robo calls are currently prevalent, one telling
residents that they are due an inheritance, and another stating your Windows
account has been compromised and will be disabled unless you provide your
birthdate and SSN. (2 weeks ago, it was an Amazon account that had been
frozen). There is also one coming from spoofed phone numbers from the DEA,
claiming that criminal charges will be pending unless an on-line fine is paid
via wire-transfer or through gift cards.
Please continue to remain vigilant and do not fall for these scams and
phishing schemes. Never provide personal information, unless you initiate the
contact and are sure that you are dealing with a legitimate business.
And finally, the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over.
Please continue to utilize face covering when and where appropriate, maintain
social distancing and avoid crowds. Frequent hand washing and disinfecting
continue to be a must. We can beat this thing, if we all do our part.
Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Crime Report
7/28/20 at 1400 Hours. 1-100 block of Smithdale
Estates. Fraud. The victim reported that she had been notified by Best Buy of
an attempted on-line fraud against her account by an unknown individual. The
order had not been processed by the store however, they wanted her to be
notified. Information about the fraudulent activity was collected and provided
to detectives for their follow up investigation.
7/29/20 at 2215 Hours. 11800 Block of Taylorcrest.
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Officers were notified of a stolen vehicle
traveling on Blalock from Memorial.
Officers located the vehicle on Taylorcrest and initiated a traffic
stop. The vehicle initially complied but as officers were exiting their
vehicles the suspects fled from officers in the stolen vehicle. The vehicle
however, got stuck on a dead-end on Timber Hill. The suspects then ran on foot.
Hedwig officers were also present and assisted in the foot pursuit and in
establishing a perimeter. Officers were able to catch and detain the
suspects in the yard of a home on Duart. A male and a female were taken into
custody. The male suspect admitted to stealing the vehicle from a business in
Houston. Both the 19-year-old female and the 21-year-old male suspects were
booked into the Harris County Jail and the vehicle recovered.
7/30/20 at 0800 Hours. 11900 Block of Memorial.
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Officers were notified of a stolen vehicle
traveling on Memorial Drive near the MVPD station. Officers located the vehicle
traveling on Strey and initiated a traffic stop. Officers took a male suspect
into custody. The 26-year-old male was booked into the Harris County Jail and
the vehicle which was full of tools was recovered.
7/30/20 at 1045 Hours. 11100 Block of Greenbay.
Criminal Mischief. Officers were notified of damage to Church property. Upon
arrival officers located where unknown suspect(s) had spray painted graffiti on
a maintenance building. Officers photographed the damage and will be checking
area surveillance footage for any footage of possible suspects. Detectives were
notified of the damage and are taking over the investigation.
7/26/20 at 1130 Hours. 10700 Block of Bridlewood.
Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The victim
reported that sometime during the previous 24 hours an unknown person had
entered his unlocked vehicle and removed 2 pair of golf shoes. On this date the
victim had gone outside and saw his car door ajar and upon further examination
found that the glovebox had been rummaged through and the shoes missing. Other
items had been left behind. A crime scene officer examined the vehicle for
possible latent fingerprints. Officers observed 2 nearby surveillance cameras
which the victim stated he would have checked for any footage of the suspects.
Information was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up
7/26/20 at 1800 Hours. 200 Block of Voss. Unlawful use
of a Stolen Motor Vehicle/Felony Arrest Warrant. Officers were notified of a
stolen vehicle traveling on Voss. Officers were nearby and observed the stolen
Dodge truck. Officers initiated a traffic stop however, the vehicle initially
refused to stop and proceeded along Voss and then east on the Katy Freeway
before finally stopping. The driver was taken into custody at which time
officers learned that the suspect also had a felony warrant out for his arrest
for aggravated assault. The 32-year-old
male was booked into the Harris County Jail and the vehicle was recovered.
7/27/20 at 1930 Hours. 600 Block of Hunters Grove.
Harassment. The victim reported that she has been receiving harassing text
messages from an unknown person who also claimed to be watching her.
Information was obtained about the text messages and were forwarded to
detectives. The home was placed on a house-watch. Detectives are following up
on the case.
7/29/20 at 0700 Hours. 600 Block of Hunters Grove.
Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The victim reported that upon going to his vehicle
this morning, he found the door open and the interior to have been rummaged
through. The victim had left the vehicle unlocked. A check of area surveillance
footage showed the interior vehicle light to illuminate at approximately 0315
hours. No one could be seen in the video, only an arm and leg of a suspect. A
few minutes later vehicle headlights can be seen traveling down the street at a
high rate of speed. Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle at this
time. Officers forwarded information to detectives for their follow up