afternoon we saw another “jugging” incident occur in the villages. A contractor had driven into the villages to
check on a jobsite and was followed from the Heights. Once he arrived at the
site, and was away from his vehicle, a dark complected male who was driving a dark-grey
colored Tahoe entered the victim’s unlocked truck and rummaged through the
vehicle taking a briefcase, 2 laptops and handgun before fleeing. Officers used a nearby ALPR to identify the
suspect vehicle and obtain the temporary license tag number. Detectives
proceeded to the address of the suspect and monitored the home into the
overnight hours however, the suspect did not return. The suspect vehicle has been added to the
Hotlist file and detectives are working on obtaining an arrest warrant on the
suspect. (Photo of suspect vehicle attached)
New Year’s Eve and we expect things to be busy across town as many people
celebrate the end of 2021 and our second year of having to deal the effects of COVID.
The most recent outbreak of the Omnicom variant of COVID has been causing quite
a bit of concern throughout the Villages and across Harris County. As we respond to calls for service a part of
our protocols includes asking questions about people within the household being
sick or having tested positive for COVID.
This information is being asked only to help protect our staff. We still
respond to all calls for service and will continue to do so, but we need to
know. This past week we have had several of our personnel test positive and
they are being quarantined at home. We
have needed to adjust our staffing of both officers and dispatchers. We have
staff working overtime, flexing their hours, and working adjusted hours. As
always, I am extremely proud of our employees here at the PD as they continue
to serve the community around the clock.
primary concerns will be Intoxicated drivers and the reckless use of firearms
and/or fireworks. While there will be fewer New Year’s celebrations, the drunk
drivers seem to never cease. Our
officers will be on the lookout for DWI suspects and will make arrests if
necessary. We will also be looking for anyone who may decide to discharge a firearm
at midnight. Each year we hear of tragedies
that occur across the country where someone is seriously injured or killed when
a bullet crashes though the roof/ceiling and causes an injury. Discharging a
firearm is illegal and will result in an arrest and confiscation of the
firearm. Fireworks are also illegal in
the villages and use could result in a citation or arrest. Fireworks in
particular are very stressful to pets, so please no fireworks. Enjoy New Year’s
Eve with family and friends and watch whatever Football and/or Parades that are
still scheduled for New Year’s Day.
Monday we will be welcoming our newest addition to the MVPD Team. Officer Dillon
Ekerfield will begin his field training program. Dillon will be replacing Officer Dan Bracht
who officially retired today December 31, 2021.
Dan has worked almost all of his MVPD career on the overnight shift (17
years) where he enjoyed patrolling the villages while always on the lookout for
people up to no good in the middle of the night. Prior to joining MVPD, Dan had worked for the
Santa Fe, TX PD. Best of luck to both Dan and Dillon.
This week we
had 2 more burglaries from motor vehicles. Unfortunately, in both of our most
recent incidents the vehicles had been left unlocked. Car burglars will spend the entire night
pulling on car door handles. Suspects that we have arrested in the past had
told us that they will target over 300 vehicles in a single evening. If the
door is locked, they just move on to the next car looking for easy pickings.
Please, lets all make this our number one New Year’s resolution to lock our
car, truck, and house doors every time we leave them.
On behalf of
the MVPD team we would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year. We look
forward to 2022 and to several new projects that we have in the works. The
first one is the release of a series of new videos about the department. The
goal of the videos is to showcase our department, and our community, but also
to help attract our future officers and dispatchers. Please check out the sneak
preview of our first video for 2022 at the following link.
We are M.V.P.D. - YouTube
recognize the voice in the video, it belongs to radio talk show host - Michael
Berry. Our thanks to Mr. Berry for his assistance in the making of the video.
another big Thank You to our residents who have sent food, desserts, fruit
baskets and gift cards to the department over the past 2 weeks. The food has been enjoyed by all. We will be
holding a drawing for the gift cards in the next week. Thank You
Happy New Year.
Chief Ray Schultz email@example.com
Weekly Crime Report
0800 Hours. 11300 Block of Surrey Oaks. Burglary of a Vehicle. The victim
reported that sometime between 2300 hours on the 24th and 0700 hours
on this date unknown suspect(s) entered his unlocked truck and rummaged through
the vehicle taking his wallet and credit cards. A check of his account located
2 recent attempted uses of a credit card.
Information about the credit cards was obtained and the area checked for
any video surveillance cameras.
Detectives were contacted and have taken over the investigation.
1100 Hours. 2200 Block of S. Piney Point Road. Unauthorized Use of a Motor
Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen motorcycle entering the villages on
S. Piney Point. Officers were nearby and
located the vehicle traveling on Blalock. Officers initiated a traffic stop on
the motorcycle. Upon inspecting the
motorcycle officers could see the cycle had been hotwired. Upon speaking with
the driver, he stated that he had borrowed the motorcycle from a guy in his
apartment complex that he really did not know.
When asked about the hotwire he stated “Ya, that’s how he starts it”.
Upon searching the subject, he was found to be in possession of the tools used
to hotwire the motorcycle. The owner was
contacted who stated his motorcycle had been stolen on the previous day and
that he still had the keys in his possession. The DA’s Office was contacted and accepted
charges on the suspect who was booked into the Harris County Jail. The Motorcycle was towed from the scene.
1100 Hours. 11300 Block of Surrey Oaks. Identity Theft. The victim reported that he received notice
of an attempt to open a credit card in his name by his bank that was
denied. A check of his credit history
located another unsuccessful attempt to open an account and a third one which
has been processed but not yet used. The victim froze his accounts and notified
the financial institutions. Information
was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
1400 Hours. 1-100 Block of Woodsedge. Fraud/Mail Theft. The victim reported that upon reviewing her
checking account she located a check that she had written to a charity and been
intercepted, washed a reissued to a male that she did not know. The check had been mailed in early December
at the mailbox located at San Felipe and Voss.
The check was cashed. Information
about the check and bank was obtained and provided to detectives for their
follow up investigation.
1300 Hours. 1-100 Block of Lazy Wood Lane. Fraud/Mail Theft. The victim was contacted by her bank in
reference to someone attempting to cash a forged check that she had written.
The check was denied but it was obvious that it had been washed and reissued to
a male suspect for a high amount. The victim
believed that she may have mailed the check at the mailbox near the Briar Grove
Pharmacy or had placed in her mailbox as out-going mail. Information about the check was collected and
provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
1215 Hours. 600 Block of Voss. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The victim reported
that sometime during the night unknown persons had entered his unlocked truck
and removed several personal items that he had left in the vehicle. Items missing
included 2 firearms. The victim believes that contractors might have taken the
items as they have been working at the property. Information about the missing items and
contractor was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up
1445 Hours. 11700 Block of Forest Glen. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The victim
who is a contractor had driven to the villages to check on a worksite. Upon
arrival he walked away from his unlocked vehicle for approximately 10 minutes.
Upon his return he found several items missing from his ransacked truck. A check of nearby surveillance cameras showed
a dark colored Tahoe pull up shortly after the victim arrived. A review of area ALPR cameras showed the
victim being followed by the Tahoe. Detectives were able to read the temporary
paper tag on the vehicle and have taken over the investigation. Note: a loaded
handgun was stolen in the burglary.