Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, December 24, 2021
From the Office of the Chief of Police

This week officers were able to locate and take a pesky serial thief into custody. This particular career criminal has been plaguing the area of Gessner and Memorial from Bunker Hill to Beltway 8, from Briar Forest to I-10. MVPD, the Constables Office, the Sheriff’s Office and HPD have all been working at getting this thief who will take anything that is not nailed down. He is responsible for the thefts of bicycles, tools, liquor, packages, vehicle contents and garage contents. This criminal would sneak around during the overnight hours entering garages and carports taking anything of value. Well, this week his luck finally ran out and he should be spending the holidays in the Harris County Jail. Good work by some attentive residents and our responding officers.

Early this morning officers were dispatched to a possible burglary in progress in the area of N. Evers Park. The daughters of a resident had just returned home from an outing and shortly after entering the home, a suspect described as a white male wearing all black and a mask, entered the unlocked front door. Upon seeing one of the daughters, he inquired if anyone else was home. Upon being told yes, the subject quickly left the home.  The suspect was described as being a tall white male, wearing all black clothing and a non-covid black face mask carrying an assault type rifle. Officer were nearby and responded in 61 seconds to the location. The investigation found that the girls had been at the gas station at Chimney Rock and I-10 just before returning home.  Detectives utilized the MVPD ALPR system and located the car the young ladies had been in as it entered the villages. Officers also noticed a white Ford Fusion behind their vehicle. A check of the video surveillance cameras from the gas station located the same white Ford Fusion there while the girls were present. As the girls left, the Ford Fusion followed them.  Detectives have taken over the investigation and are looking for the owner of the Ford that is registered to a Baytown address.

This is reminder for everyone to remain extra vigilant during these times and to watch for anyone who may be following you, especially when returning from shopping, a late evening out or going to a bank. Including a regular route to your home that involves an extra turn or two is a great way to see if you are being followed.  Our streets are set-up/designed in a manner that there is very little pass-through traffic other than on our relatively few thoroughfare roads. And a drive by one of our ALPR’s also helps add a level of protection and a way for us to locate any suspect vehicles. If you are being followed and are in the villages, call us at 713-365-3700 and drive to the MVPD located at 11981 Memorial Drive. As we continue our investigation into this incident, we have entered the suspect vehicle into the ALPR system hotlist, which will immediately notify us should it return to the area. And we want to remind you to always immediately lock your doors upon returning home.

This week the MVPD Police Foundation and the committee for the “Bridies Fore Blues” Golf Tournament, officially kicked off the 2022 tournament campaign. This year, the focus of the charity event will be to help establish a medical trust for the son of Officer Nick Harwood and his wife Megan. I am attaching a snippet from the mailer that went to everyone who participated in last year’s inaugural event.

In 2021, the funds raised in the inaugural Birdies Fore Blues event more than quadrupled (4x!) the level of funds available in the MVPF to support our police and their families.   These funds are being used even today to enhance the safety and well-being of our MVPD police, and in particular the family of MVPD Officer Nick Harwood.  On October 14, 2021, The Harwood Family was blessed with the birth of their second child and first son, Forrest.  Unfortunately, Forrest was required to have his first of many surgeries just days later on October 23, 2021.   Forrest still remains in the neo-natal unit at Memorial Herman Children’s Hospital.  Forrest was born without properly functioning kidneys and requires dialysis and a future transplant.  The goal is for Forrest is to achieve a weight of 22 pounds at which time he will be eligible for his first kidney transplant.  Nick and his wife Megan spend hours each day at the hospital with Forrest.  Needless to say, their life has been greatly impacted and forever changed.  The expenses for Nick and his family have only just begun.  Nick has always been a giver to the community.  Several years ago, Nick learned that he was a perfect match for a bone marrow transplant for a child cancer patient.  Nick immediately volunteered to help that family and successfully donated his bone marrow.  Now, it is our time to help Nick and his son.  One of the priorities of the MVPF is to assist our First Responders in times of need.  In 2022, the MVPF will support MVPD Officer Harwood and young Forrest by earmarking a portion of its funds to establish a medical trust for Forrest to help with current and futures expenses.

Over the coming weeks we will be working with Memorial High School senior, Hunter Lee, his brother Harrison and their committee, as they attend to the many details to host this worthy event. Student athletes from Memorial High, coaches, first responders and residents will all be joining forces to host a stellar event. Read more about the event on the attached flyer.

Last Saturday evening the Houston Racquet Club hosted the annual MVPD Christmas Party out on the back patio.  MVPD employees and their guests enjoyed an evening away from work and were treated to a world class dinner compliments of the head chef and his team. The officers and dispatchers who had to work, had meals delivered to the department so everyone could enjoy the good food. Our thanks to the staff at the Racquet Club for a great evening.

On behalf of the men and women of the MVPD we would like to thank everyone for the support throughout the year and especially for the kindness and generosity shared with all of us here at the department.  This week our rollcall training room tables have been covered with deserts, cakes, cookies and candy. Baskets of fruit, nuts and chocolates have also been dropped off. On Wednesday I had a visitor to the department and as we were walking towards the front door, I asked the guest to take a peek inside of the training room.  She was amazed to see all of the food covering the table, that included a fresh 7-layer coconut cake that had just been dropped off.  The visitor said that she had heard about the generosity of our residents but never imagined how much food we actually received.

We truly appreciate the support that we receive, and all of our staff has been enjoying the holiday treats. Again, Thank You and have a very Merry Christmas.

Chief Ray Schultz rschultz@mvpdtx.org

 

Weekly Crime Report

Hunters Creek

12/17/21 at 1445 Hours. 11100 Block of N. Country Squire.  The victim reported that sometime between 1030 and 1400 hours, unknown person(s) removed a black bicycle from the carport area of their home.  Information was collected about the bicycle and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

12/20/21 at 0130 Hours. 800 Block of Voss. Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.  Officers were alerted to a stolen Ford F-250 entering the villages on Voss Road. An officer located the vehicle traveling on Voss. Upon seeing the officer, the vehicle pulled into an apartment complex where the driver fled from the vehicle on foot. Due to the fact the officer was alone he did not pursue the suspect on foot.  The stolen truck was recovered and towed from the scene.

12/23/21 at 0030 Hours. 10600 Block of N. Evers Park. Suspicious Situation/Possible Aggravated Burglary. Officers responded to the home after residents advised that a tall white male suspect had entered the home shortly after other family members had arrived at the home.  The suspect entered through an unlocked door and was armed with a rifle. Upon learning that other family members were present the suspect left the home. Officers arrived in 61 seconds however did not see anyone in the area.  A check of the ALPR system was able to show that the victims had been followed from a gas station located at I-10 and Chimney Rock by a White Ford Fusion.  Detectives have taken over the investigation.

 

Bunker Hill

12/17/21 at 1645 Hours. 12200 Block of Valley Star.  Criminal Mischief. A caretaker at the residence reported that she had been in a disagreement with a relative (of hers) while working at the property.  The suspect had become upset and threw a lawn ornament at a glass door breaking the glass before leaving in her vehicle.  The resident wishes to pursue charges against the individual who had damaged the property.  Information obtained on the suspect and detectives were notified and will be obtaining a warrant for the suspect’s arrest. 

12/20/21 at 0800 Hours. 11700 Block of Broken Bough. Identity Theft.  The victim reported that she received notice from Wells Fargo Bank about her new account. The victim had not opened an account with that bank and does not do any business with the bank.  Further investigation found that someone opened an account using the victim’s personal identifiers and email.  The account was closed and the victim is monitoring her credit report. Information was obtained and is being provided to detectives for their follow up.

12/20/21 at 1030 Hours. 300 Block of Gessner. Theft.  The victim reported that unknown person(s) removed several planks/pickets from his fence in order to enter his backyard. Once they had access to the yard, 2 containers of pool chlorine were taken. The victim stated that this was the second time this type of crime had occurred to him over the past year. Information about the incident was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

12/20/21 at 2215 Hours. 12300 Block of Longworth. Burglary of a Habitation.  Officers were alerted to a possible burglary of a resident’s guest house by a Black male who had entered the occupied home through a door. Upon seeing the victim, the suspect fled from the home. Officers were nearby and located the suspect who was on a bicycle.  The suspect was detained by officers. The victim/witness drove by the location and was able to positively identify the suspect as the person who had entered the home. The DA’s Office was contacted and accepted charges on the suspect.  The 54-year-old male was then booked into the Harris County Jail.  Note: it is believed that this suspect is responsible for several recent minor thefts that have been occurring in the area along Gessner and Memorial Drive up to the Beltway.  The constable’s office was also contacted about this suspect.  Detectives from multiple agencies are working together as the suspect has been selling several stolen items on social media that tie back to recent areawide thefts.  The suspect is a repeat/habitual offender.

12/21/21 at 1000 Hours. The area of Flintdale from Green Bay to Starwood. Theft of Mail.  A resident found multiple pieces of opened and unopened mail belonging to residents from several streets in Bunker Hill Village. Most of the opened mail appeared to be holiday cards along with several small packages. Information about the recovered mail was collected and detectives were notified. Detectives are working with residents and are reviewing video footage and nearby ALPR license plate reads in an attempt to identify a possible suspect.  The investigation is on-going.

Piney Point

12/19/21 at 0800 Hours. 2200 Block of S. Piney Point. Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.  Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages on S. Piney Point Road.  Officers were nearby and located the vehicle.  As officers engaged the vehicle, the Hyundai SUV fled from officers but quickly lost control before hitting a tree. The driver ran from the vehicle while a passenger was taken into custody. The passenger stated that he did not know the driver as he had just met him and that he was giving him a ride to the mall.  The DA’s Office was contacted but declined charges on the passenger.  Through investigation the suspect who had been driving the car was identified.  The car had been stolen by a stepson of the victim.  The DA’s office also declined charges on that suspect.  The vehicle was recovered and towed from the scene.

ALPR - Scorecard

2021 vehicles recovered YTD – 74

Total vehicles recovered since 2019 – 157

2021 value of recoveries - $1,580,400

Total value of vehicles recovered since 2019 - $3,251,101 

 
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