Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, September 6, 2019
From the Office of the Chief of Police

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 custody. 

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 mowens@mvpdtx.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 flerma@mvpdtx.org  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 rschultz@mvpdtx.org

 

Weekly Crime Report

Piney Point

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 responsibility.

Bunker Hill

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) 

Hunters Creek

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.  

 
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