Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, August 23, 2019
From the Office of the Chief of Police

I am happy to report that the first full week of school is now behind us and due to everyone’s cooperation, things went off pretty smoothly with minimal disruptions throughout the week.  For the most part, drivers slowed down in our school zones (I think we wrote less than 10 citations) and we had better cooperation with drivers staying off of their cellphones. The only reminder that I want to pass along this week is, if you are waiting in line to pick up children at one of our schools please be aware and don’t block streets or private driveways. Please leave enough space for residents to enter and exit their driveways and for vehicles to get in or out of neighborhoods via cross streets. If you see a resident attempting to exit their property, please give them room to do that, including possibly having to give up your place in line if it is not moving, i.e. before the bell. Your cooperation is very much appreciated by our residents who live near the schools.

Our evening patrol teams have been doing a good job while out patrolling looking for packages and moving them out of sight and off of porches. This along with residents promptly removing deliveries, has helped tremendously in reducing the number of porch pirate thefts. The even better news is, that new laws that take effect September 1, 2019 will make the theft of packages a Felony crime. That should also help in curtailing this growing crime trend. But let’s not let our guard down, please track your deliveries and retrieve them as soon as possible after delivery.

Over the past year we have had a couple of thefts of items such as jewelry and art work occur from homes in the area that were for sale. One of the problems has been that the homes were available for viewing by realtors via lock-box or had recently had open houses. Often the resident is not home and, in some instances, did not realize the theft had occurred for a few days.  A recent check of the various realtor home listing apps currently shows several dozen homes for sale in the Memorial area. This week an officer who had worked security at an open house in the villages commented to detectives how, while working the event he observed several people who arrived as part of large groups and “swarmed” the house. He said it was apparent the group was not actually interested in buying the home, but more interested in seeing what was inside.  He and the realtor were kept busy trying to keep an eye on everyone as the group fanned out once inside of the home.  That got us here talking about how valuable interior home security cameras are, especially if you are selling your home. Detectives asked that I include that suggestion in our V-LINC report. So, if you are selling your home or even just have contractors in and out of your property doing a lot of work, please consider adding interior home security cameras.  They can be easily purchased and set-up, and for a small fee, can keep recorded footage for days or even months. This way should a theft occur, the camera footage may just be what the detectives need to help recover the stolen items and hold the criminals accountable.

The Memorial area is also seeing an increase in the number of thefts from area landscapers. Thefts of not just their landscaping equipment but of their personal items that many of the workers leave in their vehicles while working (cell phones and wallets).  We believe that a group of criminals is targeting this particular group/population thinking that they will be reluctant to report the thefts to law enforcement. Please let your landscapers know to properly secure their equipment and to lock their vehicles and that should they become a victim of one of these crimes to please report it to law enforcement. They are victims and will be treated with dignity and respect. Helping recover their stolen items and arresting the thieves is our only priority. In the meantime, we are working hard on identifying this group of criminals who are taking advantage of the situation and committing these crimes.

National Night Out is coming October 1st.  Start planning your neighborhood event now. Remember all registered events will have an Officer stop by and address current crime trends, safety and what’s new at the MVPD. Learn firsthand about the ALPR project and how the system works. Plus lots more valuable information, not to mention getting reacquainted with your neighbors. More on this next week. In the meantime check out the attached flyer.

And finally, thanks to the residents who donated their unused Texan tickets last week to the PD. We had 4 MVPD families enjoy the game. Thank You.

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

 

Weekly Crime Report

Piney Point

8/17/19 at 1300 Hours. Memorial at Piney Point Road. Driving While Intoxicated. Officer was traveling on Blalock Road looking for a vehicle that had been reported to MVPD as possibly being DWI in the area, when the officer observed the vehicle cross over into on-coming traffic lanes.  The officer initiated a traffic stop however, the vehicle was slow to respond. After finally stopping and as the officer approached the driver, he observed signs of Intoxication. When asked why it took so long to stop, the driver said he was drinking his beer.  The driver was administered and failed sobriety tests. The 45-year-old male was then booked into the Harris County Jail.

8/22/19 at 1545 Hours. 11300 Block of Greenbay. Identity Theft/Fraud.  The victim reported receiving a court notice for being in default on a loan. However, the victim does not have any loans. Upon further investigation the victim learned that an unknown person had taken out a loan in his name back in 2015. The loan was from a quick, payday type loan service. Information was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. 

8/22/19 at 1630 Hours. 11100 Block of Meadowick Drive. Felony Theft. The victim reported that upon returning a piece of jewelry to the location where she normally keeps it, that several other pieces were missing. The items were last seen there approximately 10 days ago. The area where the items are kept is always locked and was locked on this date when she noticed the items were missing.  There are no signs of force.  Detectives responded and are putting together a list of persons who had access to the location of the jewelry. The investigation is on-going.  

Bunker Hill

8/17/19 at 2000 Hours. 200 Block of Gessner. Burglary of a Habitation. Resident reported that sometime during the day unknown persons had entered his home and had ransacked the property. Tools and a television were discovered to be missing.  The victim was able to provide detailed descriptions and serial numbers of the stolen items.  Detectives were notified and provided with the details on the stolen property. Detectives were able to locate the stolen property that had been pawned along with the identity of the person who had pawned the items. Through investigation the detectives were able to link the suspect to the crime itself. An arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect and the stolen property returned to the owner.

Hunters Creek

8/18/19 at 2015 Hours. 10900 Block of Timberglen.  Theft by Fraud. Victim upon examining her checking account noticed 2 checks had been written and cashed that were out of numerical order. Upon further review she found that she had not written the checks that had been cashed and charged against her account.  Information about the bank account and checks was obtained and provided to detectives who are obtaining a subpoena in order to learn who the checks were cashed by. The checks appear to be computer generated. Investigation is on-going. 

8/21/19 at 0800 Hours. 200 Block of Bryn Mawr. Auto Theft. The victim awoke in the morning to find that his 2005 Lexus was missing from his driveway. The victim stated that the car was locked and that he was in possession of the keys. The vehicle was taken some time during the night. Upon additional investigation it was learned by examining area video surveillance footage that the vehicle was stolen at 0155 hours. Approximately 1 hour after being stolen, the victim’s vehicle reentered the area before leaving again 4 minutes later. Detectives were notified and have taken over the investigation. 

8/21/19 at 1630 Hours. 10900 Block of Long Shadow. Theft. Victim reported that her home has been for sale and that she just noticed that 2 paintings are missing from her home. The home has been shown by only by one realtor who she personally knows. The victim had been away from the home for a few days and just noticed the items missing. The paintings are unique and valuable, leading the victim to believe that whoever took them knew specifically what they were taking. Information was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. 

 
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