Christmas is still months away, but the “Porch
Pirates” are already here, and have started their holiday shopping early this
year. On Tuesday afternoon at approximately 4:15 pm a resident observed two
suspects in a Black Chevrolet HHR driving in a neighborhood stop and then run
up and take 2 packages from the front porch of a home. The black vehicle did
not have a license plate affixed to the vehicle on either the front or the
back. One of the suspects was described as being heavy set wearing a hoodie
with the hood over his head and a medical (light blue) mask over his face. As
officers were investigating this incident, they learned of additional crimes
that the suspects committed while driving in the area.
With all of the talk of upcoming shortages during the
holiday’s and many residents starting their holiday shopping early, it appears
that area criminals are going to be doing the same. We have started our package patrols and are
moving packages out of sight when we see them. Our officers are telling me that
they are seeing an increased number of packages and delivery drivers in the
area. If you are having items delivered, please try and use the on-line
tracking and delivery notification service that most retailers offer. This way
when a package is delivered you will receive a text message or email notifying
you of the delivery so you can retrieve the item or make arrangements for
someone else to get it before the thieves do.
Another option for consideration that is gaining
popularity are front porch delivery drop boxes. These decorative boxes range in
price from $65 for a basic plastic model to over $1000 for a steel lockable
model. Costco has one for $70 and others are on-line that look like and also
serve as benches. Please make sure that doorbell video cameras are working and
fully operational (meaning you have renewed your subscription for recording).
Every clue that we can get, helps us link the incidents/crimes to the various
offenders once we get them in custody.
Please don’t forget that this weekend on Saturday
night before you go to bed to adjust your clocks by turning them back by 1
hour. This is also a good time to change fire alarm, carbon monoxide, and smoke
detector batteries. And a resident suggests also tripping and resetting all breakers
at this time of year, especially if they are in a garage, outside, water closet
or other area of your home where they are subject to extra humidity. Breakers
can get corroded which can cause them to not trip as designed, overheat, and
possibly cause a fire.
And once again thanks to everyone who stopped by the
Trunk or Treat event on Sunday night. We had over 150 kids stop by during the
evening and visit with us and Stormy. Also, thanks to the anonymous person who
sent over 4 pizzas on Tuesday evening for our night team. All I saw in the
morning when I came in were 4 empty boxes.
On Wednesday, we hosted our 2021 RAD “Lunch with a
Punch” alumni retainer. 10 of our prior graduates were able to attend,
participate in training and enjoy lunch together. The morning was a huge
success with everyone learning a little more about how to keep themselves and
their families safe.
Last night our Detectives recovered one of the golf
carts recently stolen from one of our churches. Detectives followed up on a
lead provided by Hedwig PD on a subject they had arrested riding on a golf cart
earlier in the week. The suspect was found to be wanted, in possession of a
controlled substance and had a lengthy criminal history. (That golf cart was
not stolen at the time) Our detectives then went to the location where he said
he was living in north Houston, and low and behold, parked under a carport
awning was one of our stolen golf carts. The suspect had painted it black and
even tinted the windshield, but the VIN number was a perfect match.
A talk with some neighbors also put the suspect in
possession of one of our earlier stolen golf carts several weeks ago as they
had seen him driving it before he sold it. Detectives recovered the stolen golf
cart and are adding the additional charges to this 10-time loser who was
currently out of jail on several prior PR bonds. Hopefully this time he will be
kept in jail.
Just a few minutes ago officers recovered our 60th
stolen vehicle of the year. Just before 1pm the ALPR alerted officers to a
stolen Chevrolet traveling down Bunker Hill Road from Taylorcrest. Officers
quickly located the SUV and took a female into custody. HPD was working the
original case and confirmed the vehicle as being stolen. The female who was
driving the car gave one of the best stories that we have heard to date. She
claimed that the stolen car was given to her by a customer after she had
performed multiple lap dances for him at an area bar. The vehicle was recovered
and towed. The female was released when charges were declined by the DA’s
Office. She was last seen sashaying westbound down Briar Forest.
Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz email@example.com
Weekly Crime Report
11/1/21 at 0845 Hours. 11600 Block of Memorial Drive.
Burglary of a Building. Church employees
informed officers that upon arriving for work on this date they found a gate
open, a security camera disabled and a golf cart missing from a secured area of
the church. A review of surveillance
video footage showed a male suspect enter the area at approximately 0430 hours
in the early morning and check the golf cart.
Minutes later the same suspect can be seen on another camera driving the
golf cart away from the church towards Memorial Drive. Officers collected
copies of the video and notified detectives. The serial number of the golf cart
was obtained and entered into the TCIC database of stolen items. Detectives were notified and have taken over
11/2/21 at 1330 Hours. 200 Block of Breeds Hill Court.
Identity Theft. The victim reported that upon reviewing his credit report he
located 3 accounts that had been opened by unknown persons using the victim’s
name and identifiers. A closer review found the 3 accounts to be delinquent.
Information about the accounts was obtained by officers and provided to
detectives for their follow up investigation.
11/5/21 at 1255 Hours. Bunker Hill at Taylorcrest.
Unlawful Use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen SUV
traveling south on Bunker Hill Road by the ALPR system. Officers were nearby
and located and stopped the stolen vehicle. A 44-year-old female was detained
by officers. The female suspect stated that a customer had gifted her the
vehicle after she performed several lap dances for him at a local bar. The
vehicle was recovered and towed.The female was released as charges were
declined by the DA's Office.
11/1/21 at 1315 Hours. 11000 Block of Hunters Park
Drive. Criminal Mischief/Damage. The victim reported that at approximately 1930
Hours on Halloween he heard strange noises outside of his residence. On this
date he observed that the noises heard were someone throwing eggs at his
residence at both stories of his home. The eggs have caused significant damage
to the exterior. The area was checked
for video surveillance however nearby cameras were non-operational at the time
of the incident. The investigation into the incident is on-going.
11/2/21 at 1615 – 1700 Hours. Various locations in
Hunters Creek. Wade Hampton Drive, Flint River, Ripplecreek. Theft of Packages.
Officers were dispatched to the area after a resident observed 2 male suspects
in a Black Chevrolet HHR remove two packages from the front porch of a home
before returning to their vehicle and driving away. The suspect’s vehicle was
not displaying a front or rear license plate. As officers were investigating
the first incident they learned that the suspects had stolen packages from at
least 3 additional homes in the area.
Reports were initiated for each of the victims. Detectives responded and
are reviewing surveillance video footage and ALPR data. The investigation is
11/4/21 at 0130 Hours. Creekwood Way and Beinhorn.
Possession of Marijuana and Open Container. While on patrol officers observed a
vehicle driving up and down residential streets. As officers drove towards the
suspect vehicle, the vehicle made several quick turns to avoid contacting the
patrol car. A subsequent traffic stop located open containers of alcohol and
marijuana inside of the vehicle. The subjects were identified and cited for the
infractions before leaving the area.
11/3/21 at 1500 Hours. 11300 Block of Iris Lee.
Burglary of a Vehicle. The victim reported that he was performing work at the
listed property and had left his work truck unlocked and parked in front of the
property. When he returned to his truck approximately 90 minutes later, he
found his wallet to be missing. There was no money in the wallet only a drivers
license and a debit card. The victim’s account was frozen, and a report
initiated. Detectives were notified and have taken over the investigation.