From the Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,
In this week’s crime report you will read about a
residential burglary that most likely would not have occurred if the victim had
followed what should be regular protocols whenever you leave your home. We
understand that it is easy to get into a routine and think that you are only
leaving for a short period of time and that since we are in such a safe
community, nothing will happen. Unfortunately, that is when a crime is most
likely to occur. In this case, the alarm was not properly set, the video
doorbell live feed was not checked when it alerted the homeowner, and the
optional recording service subscription was not currently active.
I regularly remind residents to always set your alarm,
each and every time you leave your home unattended, even if it is
only for 3 minutes. If you have a video doorbell or surveillance system, use all
available options, especially notifications of activity or activation's and review
every live feed notification. If the notification is from a doorbell, answer. Let the
person know that you are aware someone is present on your property and ask what
they want. Do not let them know that you are not home. Keep available
subscriptions service options active, paid up and operational. Alarms must also
be operational, turned on and current (paid up).
In the case described, I believe the suspect most
likely saw the victim leave the home and then approached the home. After
ringing the doorbell and receiving no response he very likely knocked on the
door too. Upon not receiving an answer or acknowledgement via the video
doorbell he decided to break into the home. After gaining access, he most
likely saw the alarm was not activated and he then took his time rummaging
through the home.
We share this information not to embarrass anyone, but
to help educate our community so we do not have additional criminal activity.
We want the criminals to be so afraid to come into the villages that they avoid
the area all together. To make that happen we need your cooperation too. We
will do our part and hold them accountable; we just ask that everyone lock their
home and car doors, set alarms, install and use video doorbells and video systems
and most important – call in any and all suspicious activity, persons, vehicles
or events. Working together we can take
on these thieves and hold them accountable.
Thanks go out this week to “Big Chicken” (Shaq’s
chicken place) for dropping off dinner on Tuesday evening for our night team
and to the residents who provided 2 sets of Astro’s tickets for games. Lots of happy
people here this week!
This week we began to transition our dispatch equipment
back to the downstairs communications center. The new location will help
improve our efficiency and operations. A special thanks to the staff of Harris
County 911 for updating our 911 equipment and for making the moves easy. No
interruption of service or lost calls.
Don’t forget to register for the May R.A.D. class. Women’s
self-defense training, for women by women. Learn how to protect yourself in a safe, easy
to learn environment from our team of professional law enforcement trainers.
Contact Officer Michelle Owens for more information or to register at firstname.lastname@example.org
Great work this week by Spring Branch ISD PD with a
couple of precautionary lock-downs at Memorial High School and Memorial Middle
School as the result of nearby criminal investigations. It is always better error
and the side of caution and safety and that is what happened when a couple of
criminals ran from officers heading in the direction of area schools.
Happy Cinco De Mayo today. Everyone have a great
(albeit warm and humid) weekend. Chief Ray Schultz email@example.com
4/29/23 at 1415 Hours. Area of Blalock and Memorial. Burglary
of a Habitation. The victim reported that she had left the home at
approximately 1150 Hours. About 15 minutes later, she had received notice from
her video doorbell that someone was at the front door, however she did not
check to see who was there. Upon returning home approximately 2 hours later she
found the front door broken and that her home had been entered. Officers
discovered that someone had kicked open the door and entered the home going
through drawers and cabinets. A safe was found to be missing from the home.
MVPD detectives arrived and processed the scene. The alarm system had not been set and the
video doorbell did not have the recording service active. Detectives are
following up on the case and checking the area for any nearby cameras.
4/29/23 at 2215 Hours. 400 Block of Piney Point.
Driving While Intoxicated. Officers initiated a traffic stop after observing a
vehicle speeding on Blalock Road. Upon approaching the driver, officers
observed signs of intoxication and asked the driver to perform a series of
sobriety tests. The driver performed
very poorly on the tests and needed to balance himself on the side of the
vehicle. A subsequent breath test showed a blood alcohol level above .15%. The
45-year-old male was placed under arrest and booked into the Harris County
5/4/23 at 1715 Hours. 500 Block of Dana Lane. Identity
Theft. The victim reported that he received notice from his bank of a change of
address request to NJ. The victim had
not made requests to change his address and definitely not to New Jersey. The transfer request was cancelled/denied, and
the postal service notified of the activity. Information about the account and
NJ address was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up
5/1/23 at 1845 Hours. 11500 Block of Memorial Drive. Unlawful Use of
a Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages on
Memorial Drive at Creekwood. Officers were nearby and quickly located the
vehicle. Upon stopping the vehicle officers detained the 3 occupants and found
the steering wheel column to be broken and a screwdriver being used to start
the vehicle. The 3 occupants stated that
they did not know each other, but all lived in the “hood” near one another, and
they were on their way to the tax office. The DA’s Office was contacted and
accepted charges on the subjects aged 50, 42 and 39. The 3 were booked into the
Harris County Jail and the vehicle recovered and towed.
5/1/23 at 1930 Hours. 10700 Block of Memorial.
Unlawful Use of a Deadly Weapon. Officers initiated a traffic stop after
observing a car make an unlawful turn from the wrong lane of traffic. Through
the course of conducting the traffic stop, officers located marijuana and a
firearm in possession of the driver. The 37-year-old male was placed under
arrest and booked into the Harris County Jail.
5/4/23 at 0700 Hours. 10800 Block of Roaring Brook.
Identity Theft. The victim reported that she was notified that a new bank
account had been opened utilizing her personal information. The victim,
however, had not opened any new accounts. The bank was notified and the account
frozen. Information about the account was collected and provided to detectives
for their follow-up investigation.
5/1/23 at 1045 Hours. 12000 Block of Memorial Drive.
Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The victim reported that he had parked his
unlocked vehicle at the Tennis Club for a short period of time and that upon
returning to his car he found that several items were missing. Information was collected and provided to
detectives for their follow-up investigation.
5/2/23 at 1030 Hours. 300 Block of Chapel Bell. Theft.
Officers were dispatched to the area in reference to the theft of tools from a
construction site. The victim reported
that a yellow vehicle pulled up to the work site at which time a black male
exited the vehicle, ran up and grabbed the toolbox before returning to his car
and driving away. Officers reviewed a nearby ALPR camera and located the yellow
vehicle and the license plate that shows a registration out of Austin, Texas. Detectives were notified and have taken over