Wow, what a week this one has been. There has been a
lot of things happening in the villages this week that I want to share with
everyone, so I am going to jump right in. First, yesterday our team did a good
job in making an arrest of a wanted felon in possession of a stolen truck. At approximately 3 pm, the MVPD Automated
License Plate Reader (ALPR) alarm notified our dispatchers of a stolen truck
having just passed by its location. Our
dispatchers quickly verified the vehicle as stolen and notified our on-duty
personnel who quickly flooded the area in the direction the truck was heading.
Within seconds our officers spotted the stolen truck driving through the
parking lot of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. The officer began following
the truck until back-up arrived and initiated a felony stop on the vehicle on
Blalock Road. Officers quickly took the 35-year-old male driver into
Upon further investigation officers learned that the
suspect had painted the grill, bumper and wheels of the truck in an attempt to
make it look different. This vehicle was also equipped with a winch in the back
and was a flatbed. We believe that this particular truck may have been stolen
with plans of using it to steal ATM’s. As many of you have seen recently on the
news, criminals are targeting ATM’s in the middle of the night by ramming a
truck through the front of the business and then pulling the ATM off the
foundation and dragging it away. Also, the fact that the stolen truck was
driving through the church parking lot means that he may have been looking for
an easy target (vehicle) to break into. In any event, this 3 time looser (2
prior arrests for auto theft) is now residing at the Harris County Jail. Great
job by our team.
Also, this week our newest class of R.A.D. 55 started.
This is now our second year of hosting RAD classes and our second R.A.D.55. The
R.A.D.55 is designed for residents ages 55+ and teaches both women and men how
to become better aware of their surroundings and how to protect themselves,
friends and family from assault or other violence. The class that started this
week is the most energetic class that we have hosted yet. While the class may
be designed for those 55+, the energy levels were that of many
25-year-olds. Officer Owens tells me
that the class is engaged, enthusiastic and quickly putting to practice what
they are learning. The classes will
continue for the next several weeks. Our next regular RAD class is in the
planning stages and will be held during the Christmas break. Start planning now
to attend if you are interested and contact Officer Michelle Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Officer Frank Lerma has been busy this week working on
our schedules for National Night Out. Remember, that National Night Out is
Tuesday, October 1st.
National Night Out is the one night a year that we ask that neighbors
turn on their porch lights between 6 and 8 pm and spend some time outside
meeting and engaging with your neighbors. While these impromptu gatherings are
good, even better yet, would be if neighbors organize their own get togethers.
You can meet in a yard, driveway, garage or even someone’s living room. You can
be formal with a pot-luck meal, pizza or just meet out front with a few lawn
chairs and a glass of wine. Any way you want, to just spend a few minutes
meeting with your neighbors, is a good thing to do.
We want you to know who your neighbors are, share
contact information such as phone and cell numbers and put a name to a face. We
all get busy and don’t always know who is living down the street or sometimes
even next door. National Night Out is a
great way to meet new people and get reacquainted with old friends. Remember, if you register your
group/meeting/gathering with the MVPD we will have an officer or 2 stop by and
answer your questions. October 1st
is quickly approaching so please organize your get together and let Officer
Lerma know at email@example.com Like last year, we will draw one name from
each village of registered groups for a gift. You can then do whatever you want
with the gift such as have the organizer keep it or do your own drawing of
attendees. In any event, don’t let
National Night Out pass by without doing something.
The Memorial Villages Area is the safest community in
Texas, and this is not by chance, it is the safest because our Community is
engaged. Please check out the attached
flyer for additional details.
Scam Alert – Several residents received
calls/emails/texts this week from CenterPoint, stating that your electric
service would be cut off in 30 minutes unless you call a 1-800 number (spoofed)
immediately due to a missed payment.
This is a definite scam. CenterPoint does not operate in this manner and
does not cut off electricity for a single missed/late payment. If you receive one of these calls/texts,
please just delete or ignore them.
Census workers – Yes there are legitimate US Census
workers in the area. If you received a census form request and did not mail it
in, someone from the US Census Bureau will attempt to contact you at your
home. In all cases, the worker will have
official identification clearly visible. If in doubt, give us a call at
713-365-3700 and we will send an officer by to assist you in verifying the legitimacy
of the worker.
And finally, while running down Bunker Hill Road this
week, I observed someone do a great job of cleaning up after their dog, only to
toss the plastic bag, poop and all, into the near-by bushes. While I am sure
the effort to clean up was appreciated by the homeowner, I am also sure the
full bag in the bushes was not! Please, let’s be respectful of our community.
Each dog station has a trash can, please leave the waste there. Thanks
It is going to be hot weekend with high heat indexes.
If you have an outside dog, make sure he/she has shade and plenty of water.
Your pet will appreciate it. Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Crime Report
9/1/19 at 1830 Hours. 11400 Block of Taylorcrest.
Agency Request/Pursuit. MVPD was notified of a pursuit entering the area by
DPS. MVPD personnel responded to the
area and soon afterwards the vehicle being pursued lost control and crashed on
Taylorcrest. Two suspects had been observed running from the stolen vehicle.
While checking the area MVPD officers observed a white Lincoln driving in the
area with a female calling out a male subject’s name. The vehicle was stopped,
and the female driver admitted to being called to pick up her brother who was
somewhere in the area. A short time later the male was located by DPS and taken
into custody. The second suspect was not located and was most likely picked up
by another vehicle as multiple relatives had been called. The outstanding
suspect was identified by relatives. DPS took over investigative
9/5/19 at 1915 Hours. 11600 Block of Monica. City
Ordinance Violation. Officers responded to the listed location on a subsequent
complaint for after hours construction work being performed. Upon arrival, officers identified the foreman
and issued him a citation for the ordinance violation and closed down the job
site for the evening. (Note: The job
site hours were clearly posted on location and ignored by the workers)
9/5/19 at 1500 Hours. Blalock and Taylorcrest.
Unlawful use of a vehicle. The MVPD ALPR System notified personnel of a stolen
vehicle traveling on Memorial Drive.
Officers began checking the area for the stolen truck and observed it driving
through a Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church Parking lot. Officers then
initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle near Blalock and
Taylorcrest. A 35-year-old male driver
was taken into custody for outstanding felony warrants and for being in possession
of the stolen vehicle. Through
investigation it was discovered that the stolen vehicle had parts of the
vehicle repainted to avoid detection. The grill, bumper and wheels had been
painted. Detectives responded and took over the investigation. (see above)
9/3/19 at 1830 Hours. 600 Block of Hunters Grove.
Fraud/Identity Theft. The victim
received information via phone that he had an outstanding loan. Upon
investigation through his credit monitoring service, the victim learned that a
loan had been opened in 2013 in his name with the funds deposited into a
Missouri Bank. The victim has never done
business with the named loan company. Information about the account was
obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.