Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, June 26, 2020
From the Office of the Chief of Police

This week while reading I came across a headline that caught my attention, “People are more likely to live to 100 if they live in “walkable neighborhoods”. The article went on to talk about several factors that contribute to your odds of making it to 100. The walkable neighborhood component is one that everyone here is the Villages can take advantage of. The sidewalks, slower traffic and tree canopy all contribute to being able to take walks, jogs or bike rides both long and short, anytime of the day or night. Additionally, most neighborhoods have easy walkable access to stores and services.  So, now there is no excuse to get out and exercise even if only for a short excursion. Because doing so, might even give you a couple of extra years.

Yesterday afternoon at 1235 hours, officers were notified of a stolen vehicle entering the Villages by our ALPR system located on S. Piney Point. A few minutes later a second hit was received on Memorial Drive. As officers were searching the area, a third hit on the same stolen vehicle was received on the east end of the Villages. Officers checked the area to no avail even though an MVPD unit was nearby the third hit location. Believing that the stolen vehicle might be in a neighborhood, a detailed grid search began. Approximately 30 minutes later came a fourth hit on the same vehicle, leaving the search area on the west side. An officer stationed nearby saw the stolen vehicle and began following it as he waited for back-up to arrive. The suspects, however, saw the officer behind them and sped away, going south on Piney Point Road leaving the Villages.  The suspect vehicle then quickly entered a neighborhood off of Fondren where the 3 suspects bailed from the car and fled on foot. MVPD personnel then chased one of the suspects on foot and were able to catch him and take him in to custody. The stolen vehicle was recovered.

While waiting for a tow truck to arrive, a crowd from nearby apartments started to gather and began taunting officers. Additional officers to include HPD, arrived on scene and assisted until the stolen car could be towed away.   Additional investigation found that the suspect had just arrived earlier in the day from Chicago.   During the brief pursuit the officers had observed the suspects throw items from the stolen car along S. Piney Point Road. The area was searched however, nothing was located at this time. The suspect was processed through AFIS and charges are pending. He was not booked into Harris County Jail due to preexisting medical issues. A “To-Be” warrant is pending.

There has been a lot of news this week about the COVID-19 and the numbers of increasing positive cases. As a result, the Governor has delayed additional phases of the re-opening process. Bars have been ordered closed as of 12 noon today and restaurants told to limit occupancy to 50%.

At 11 am this morning, the County Judge raised the Harris County COVID-19 rating to Level 1 – Severe. She had re-instituted the public face mask order earlier in the week. Today, she has also announced a new Stay Home - Work Safe Advisory

During this critical time, it is important that everyone try to practice social distancing whenever possible. Wear face masks/covering when in public and practice frequent hand-washing. Everyone should limit public exposure. This is an advisory. What does this mean? Basically, everyone should avoid unnecessary public contact. It is not Mandatory – It is Voluntary Compliance. Please, limit shopping and whenever possible stay home.    

Our dispatchers and 911 personnel continue to ask pre-dispatch COVID-19 questions on all calls for service. Minor calls and/or police related inquiries may result in an officer calling you before responding. These precautions are in place to help protect you and your families along with our officers and dispatch staff.  Our response times continue to be well below national averages and our staffing remains at optimal levels.

With 2 more stolen vehicle recoveries this week, we currently stand at 29 for 2020, plus 22 in 2019, for a total of 51. The value of the recovered cars, trucks and SUV’s stands at $929,700.00 We can hardly wait to hit the $1,000,000.00 mark. The officers have a little friendly competition going as each wants to recover the vehicle that takes us over a million dollars.  Who will get it? And what type of vehicle will it be? A $50,000 SUV or a $500 jalopy?  We will let you know – when, where and who.

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

 

Weekly Crime Report

Piney Point

6/19/20 at 1415 Hours. 500 Block of Lanecrest. Burglary of a Vehicle. The victim reported that sometime during the night an unknown person(s) had broken a rear window out of his SUV and removed a Persian Rug and other items. The rug was valued in excess of $15,000.  The area was checked for video surveillance and information collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

6/23/20 at 1515 Hours. 200 Block of Piney Point Road. Destruction of Property/US Flag. Village Officials reported removing a damaged US Flag from the area. The flag holder had been damaged and the flag had been defaced by the wording, “45 Sulute Kill Police Dead!” written on it in permanent marker. The flag was collected as evidence and a report initiated.

Bunker Hill

6/22/20 at 1700 Hours. 400 Block of Gessner. Recovered Stolen Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the Villages on Memorial Drive. The stolen vehicle did not trigger other cameras along the route, so officers knew that the suspected stolen vehicle was still in a residential area. Officers saturated the area and located the vehicle in a residential area. A 15-year-old male was found to be driving the vehicle at which time he was taken into custody. The victim/owner of the stolen recovered vehicle declined to press charges once they learned the suspect was a juvenile. The suspects mother was contacted and responded to the scene and took custody of her son. The vehicle was towed.   

6/23/20 at 1000 Hours. 200 Block of Plantation. Burglary of a Vehicle. The victim reported that during the early morning hours his vehicle had been burglarized and an item taken from his unlocked vehicle. Area video surveillance shows a male running down Plantation road checking vehicle door handles. Upon entering the victim’s vehicle, he can be seen inside of the vehicle rummaging through the interior. The suspect then exits and continues along Plantation checking car door handles along the way. The suspect was followed by a SUV throughout the scene. The video is of a poor quality and no vehicle details or color or suspect description is recognizable.

6/25/20 at 0945 Hours. 200 Block of Plantation. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The victim reported that during the night unknown suspect(s) entered two vehicles in his driveway by an unknown means. The victim believed that the vehicles were locked however, there was no signs of forced entry. Once inside of the vehicles, 2 firearms and a purse were taken. Detectives are investigating.

Hunters Creek

6/23/20 at 1145 Hours. 1-100 Block of Hampton Court. Theft. The victim reported that a package that showed as being delivered was not at her home. A review of her video doorbell did not show the item being delivered, however, the delivery service stated that it had been left at the home. Information was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. 

 
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