This week one of our residents had a close call with some juggers who had followed him from an area bank after he had conducted business there. The resident had seen the prior V-LINC notices that have warned about juggers watching banks and other financial institutions. The “almost” victim in this case, said that upon leaving the bank, he saw a suspicious vehicle parked nearby that caught his attention. Shortly after leaving the bank, he noticed the same vehicle behind him, and his sixth sense told him this was not good. The victim did not drive towards his home but made a couple of turns that confirmed his suspicions, he was indeed being followed.
The victim called the MVPD, and our officers were quickly dispatched to the area where we located the suspect vehicle. Officers followed the vehicle and upon seeing us, they pulled into a residential driveway and drove to the rear of the property. As the suspect’s car attempted to turn around to exit a gate, MVPD officers blocked the car. Inside of the vehicle were two suspects, both who were career criminals, one wearing an ankle bracelet, and both were found to be documented gang members. Through the course of conducting an investigation, one of the suspects admitted that they were planning on robbing the victim and taking any money. While all of this was occurring, a second suspicious vehicle also turned down the dead-end street and quickly stopped and began to make a 15-point turn in order to try and avoid the officers. A MVPD back-up unit stopped that car and found the occupants to be associates of the first two suspects, they were checked and identified. They stated that they had been requested by the other two to come to this area to help them with a situation. These subjects were also found to be gang members. The first two suspects were booked into the Harris County Jail and the others identified and released. The suspect vehicle was towed.
This is a great example of one of our residents staying aware of his surroundings and acting on his suspicions. Remember to always scan the area when using or leaving banks or ATM’s and watch for anyone who may be following. Have our phone number programed into your phone so if you find yourself in this same situation you can quickly call us, and we can intervene. Everyone should have 713-365-3700 programed on your cellphone. Only use the 3700 number when in the Memorial Villages cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point and Hunters Creek, otherwise use 911 so the proper jurisdiction can assist. Great job by our resident and our on-duty dispatch team and officers.
Thank you to everyone for all of the great food, desserts, treats and tickets to recent and future sporting events. This week we were treated to breakfast burritos, pizza, donuts, cookies and pralines. Also, poinsettias were dropped off from faculty and students from Kinkaid School. We very much appreciate our residents and our community for thinking of us. For those of you who do not follow us on our Facebook page, this week we started a new nightly project of posting one picture of an MVPD vehicle parked out front of an area home decorated with Christmas decorations. We will continue this through January 1st. Our officers are now in somewhat of a competition with each other as they try and get their photo selected for the nightly posting. Be sure to follow us on Facebook at the Memorial Villages Police Department. For those of you that do not have a Facebook, I am attaching a few of the pictures to see.
The Twinkle Light Parade is quickly approaching. Thursday, December 16, 2021, beginning at 6pm at Frostwood Elementary School, we will kick off this year’s night-time parade. The same route as last year. From the Frostwood Elementary parking lot down Memorial to Strey. North on Strey to Taylorcrest. East on Taylorcrest to Knipp. South on Knipp to Memorial, then back East to Bunker Hill Road and North back to Taylorcrest. East on Taylorcrest to Blalock and then South to MDPC. At MDPC there will be an opportunity for pictures with Santa (at a safe distance), some music and hot chocolate. Plan on finding your spot along the parade route early as we will be closing traffic as the parade passes by. Gathering of residents for informal celebrations at street corners is highly encouraged. Wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater or see how many Christmas lights you or the kids can wear to help light up the night. A glass of champagne or wine won’t hurt either as everyone gets into the Christmas spirit. So, gather up your neighbors and friends and join in on the fun. (Yes, Blue Santa will be there riding on his electric motorcycle too).
Our last RAD class of 2021 is just about full, but we can still accommodate 2-3 more students. This set of classes will be held at Chapelwood Church, 11140 Greenbay, December 14-16, 10am – 2 pm. If you are interested, please contact Officer Michelle Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz email@example.com
Weekly Crime Report
11/24/21 at 1430 Hours. 11500 Block of Memorial Drive. Unlawful use of a Motor Vehicle/Felony Arrest Warrant. Officers were notified of a stolen vehicle entering the villages from S. Piney Point Road. Officers were nearby and quickly located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The driver stated that he had borrowed the vehicle from a relative however, that relative was currently in California and would then be traveling to France and unavailable. The victim was contacted who was auto sales dealer. They stated that the vehicle had been purchased from them but the person who had bought the vehicle used fraudulent documents to buy it. The DA’s Office was contacted but declined charges at this time. The driver however was found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest for Sexual Assault. The 24-year-old male was taken into custody and booked into the Harris County jail on the warrant. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
12/1/21 at 0830 Hours. 1-100 Block of Hampton Court. Identity Theft. The victim reported that she had received notice of an overdue loan payment. The victim did not have any outstanding loans and upon examination, found that an unknown person had taken out a loan for $800 using her personal identifiers. Information about the loan was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. The victim froze all of her credit accounts.
1/26/21 at 1915 Hours. 12000 Block of Memorial Drive. Missing Juvenile/Runaway located. Officers had stopped a vehicle after observing a traffic violation. During the course of the investigation officers learned that a juvenile passenger in the vehicle was a missing juvenile listed in NCIC. After his identity was confirmed, officers spoke with the mother of the child. The mother stated that she is having problems with the son and that he had run away from home. The child was returned to his home and to the custody of his mother. The adult male driver of the vehicle was informed to leave the juvenile alone and not to return to the child’s home as per request of the mother. A report was generated to document locating the juvenile and the interaction with the involved parties. The report will be provided to CPS for their follow up investigation.
11/29/21 at 1545 Hours. 400 Block of Bunker Hill Road. Burglary of a Building. Officers were dispatched to the listed location in reference to a burglary just discovered. While investigating the burglary to the commercial property, officers located video of the suspects vehicle. A check of nearby by ALPR cameras located several similar vehicles but not enough information to positively identify the suspect vehicle due to a unique dark fender on the car. Detectives then began conducting expanded searches of each of the vehicles present in the area at the time of the burglary. After checking several cars detectives located a vehicle with one of the license plates captured on an ALPR camera the day before. This capture was from a different angle that clearly showed the dark fender on the vehicle. The license plates were exact matches. A check of the registered owner along with a cross reference of area pawn shops located information of the vehicle owner/suspect pawning some of the same property stolen in our burglary. Detectives went to the pawn shop and after confirming the stolen property was indeed from our crime, they were able to obtain the items for return to the victim. An arrest warrant is being obtained for the repeat offender. Great job by MVPD detectives.(Check out what the detectives had to work with to solve this case. The attached slide shows the surveillance picture, the closest ALPR capture and the final ALPR capture from the day before that showed the unique damaged fender, that lead to the solve)
11/27/21 at 1900 Hours. 600 Block of Blalock. ALPR Hit on a Missing/Endangered Person. Officers were alerted to an ALPR hit on a missing/endangered person vehicle entering the villages on Blalock Road. Officers were in the area and located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The missing person was inside of the vehicle and informed officers that he had self-admitted himself to a hospital to help him with some mental health issues and had not informed his friends. He stated that he was doing much better now and not a danger to himself. The subject spoke to relatives. The male was released from the scene and the missing person alert removed from the NCIC database. The incident was documented.
11/30/21 at 0215 Hours. 500 Block of Blalock. Recovered stolen License Plate. Officers were alerted to a vehicle displaying a stolen license plate entering the villages on Blalock Road. Officers were nearby and located and stopped the Honda Civic. Upon speaking the to driver, he stated that he had purchased the vehicle from a guy named “Lado” for $700 however, the guy did not have a title for the car. The driver being unable to get a legitimate license plate “borrowed” one from a friend. He stated that he did not know that the borrowed license plate was stolen. The car itself was not reported as stolen and showed clear in the DMV database. The driver was issued several citations, while the vehicle was towed due to no registration and no insurance. Detectives will follow up to verify the car itself is not stolen as well. The driver was released.
11/30/21 at 1000 Hours. 1-100 Block of Stillforest. Fraud. The victim reported that she received information of a Comcast account being opened up for service for a property that she did not own. A check of county records does not show an exact residence for the account to exist. Information about the account was collected by officers and forwarded to detectives for their follow up investigation.
11/30/21 at 1015 Hours. 11400 Block of Quail Hollow. Criminal Attempt to Commit Robbery/Jugging. The victim reported that he had just left a bank and believed that he was being followed. While on the phone with MVPD dispatchers he made several turns and the vehicle continued to follow him. MVPD officers were dispatched to the area and intercepted the suspect vehicle that attempted to pull into a residential driveway. Through the course of an investigation, one of the suspects (also a documented gang member) admitted that they were planning on robbing the victim and that they had indeed been following the victim.
While the investigation was being conducted another vehicle started to drive down the dead-end street. Upon seeing officers, that car began to attempt to turn around by making a very unusual turning maneuver. Officers stopped that vehicle and located additional documented gang members who stated that they had received a message from an associate that they needed assistance in this area. Officers determined that the subjects all knew each other. The DA’s Office was contacted and did accept charges on the two suspects who had been following the victim from the bank. MVPD detectives have taken over the investigation and are looking for other criminal activity and similar crimes that might have been committed by the suspects. The vehicle was towed from the scene. The occupants of the second vehicle were positively identified.
ALPR 2021 Scorecard
2021 vehicles recovered YTD – 65
Total vehicles recovered since 2019 – 148
2021 value of recoveries - $1,465,400
Total vehicles recovered since 2019 - $3,050,900