Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, July 1, 2022
From the Office of the Chief of Police

On Tuesday morning, MVPD and VFD responded to a house fire on Lanecrest in Piney Point. Upon arrival the rear of the home was found to be fully engulfed in fire.  Village Fire immediately began attacking the fire while protecting other nearby homes. Within approximately 10 minutes the fire was brought under control, but unfortunately not until after the home suffered extensive damage.  Fortunately, no people or pets were injured during the event.  I am attaching a couple pictures of the scene from both ground level as well as from the department drone.  The drone photo has 2 images, one being regular photography and the other that shows a thermal image. The thermal image shows heat signatures that includes fire that is not visible in the regular photo as it is being hidden by smoke.  The thermal photo also shows the high heat still in the attic of the home as the firefighters are ventilating the roof. This fire occurred while the outside temperatures were approaching 90 degrees with high humidity.  Kudos the Village Fire Department for their quick response and quick actions in a dangerous environment while fighting this fire.

Also, this week we responded to a very unusual call where a couple out for a walk located a bag on the sidewalk.  A look inside of the bag found that it was full of illegal narcotics to include methamphetamine, cocaine, pills, marijuana, a crack pipe and other associated drug items.  Also inside of the bag was a Rolex Watch. Anyone wanting to claim the Rolex Watch, bag and the drugs, is asked to contact one of the MVPD detectives. Describe the watch in detail and show proof of ownership, and we will assist you in getting your watch back, although there may be a delay depending on the length of the sentence for the possession of the other items.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with area law enforcement and fire executive staff at the invitation of Commissioner Ramsey. The Commissioner and staff from Second Baptist Church convened a meeting for first responder executives to share information and to collaborate in the event of an active shooter or other multi-agency response emergency events. Over 60 representatives met and shared information on what is needed as we prepare for the fall 2022 school year. Lots of good information was shared and we agreed to meet again soon as we know that time is short before students return to the classrooms. We all understand how parents, grandparents, teachers, school staff and students are concerned as a result of the increasing numbers of school shootings and senseless attacks in public venues. Fortunately, we all have a very strong working relationship as do our line-level officers and firefighters.  As more information is learned as a result of the investigation of the Uvalde shooting, and the subsequent response, we want to make sure that we are prepared. Our responses will be quick, unified and effective. More to come as we move towards the upcoming school year.  

Monday is the 4th of July parade. Please don’t forget the parade kicks off at 9:45 am with the “Unofficial” Fun Run followed by a bicycle parade and then at 10 am a vehicle parade.  Roadways will be shut down starting at 9:40 am so if you live in the area please plan accordingly.  Spectators are encouraged to dress in Red, White and Blue. Flag waving is also highly encouraged.

Taylorcrest Construction.  Please do not attempt to drive against traffic in the construction zone.  We have had cars drive the wrong way, knock down dozens of barrels, drive on the sidewalks and even across lawns.  Traffic is one-way from Flintdale to Bunker Hill Road, One-Way heading WEST. Leisure Lane is a Private Road and not a cut through. Even if you drive down Leisure Lane, it does not get you anywhere to avoid the construction. Also, pedestrians, please use the sidewalks. Construction personnel are telling us the runners, bicyclists, walkers and even skateboarders are thinking the closed lanes are for them, they are not! Construction work is having to be stopped due to people being in danger from the moving equipment. This is a waterline project, and it must be done, so please help us get the project completed without delay so the roadway can be reopened as soon as possible.  

Remember the 4th of July is one of the “Drinking Holiday’s” that I often speak of. So, if you are out driving this weekend, drive defensively. Be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers and stay clear of them.  When the light turns green wait an extra second or two before proceeding and give each direction an extra look.

Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz rschultz@mvpdtx.org    

 

Weekly Crime Report

Bunker Hill

6/24/22 at 1230 Hours. 200 Block of Gessner. Forgery. The victim reported that two checks belonging to her parents have been forged. The first case was brought to her attention by the bank of her parents.  They had identified a fraudulent check that clearly had been manufactured.  A review of all her parent’s accounts located a second check that had been mailed at the Long Point Post Office that had been intercepted, washed and changed to a payee who is unknown to her or her parents.  The accounts in question were frozen and information was collected about the checks and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

6/29/22 at 1800 Hours. 600 Block of Knipp. Fraud/Identity Theft.  The victim reported that he received a call from a bank in Dallas and was asked if he had authorized the opening of a new account. When he advised that he had not he learned that a subject was present there attempting to open an account.  The bank would not provide much additional information other than the person had identifiers of the victim with him. Information about the bank was collected by officers and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.  

6/29/22 at 2230 Hours. Briar Forest and Gessner. Driving While Intoxicated.  Officers observed a vehicle traveling at 58 MPH in and 35 MPH zone and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to yield and continued to drive along Memorial from the city of Piney Point to Briar Forest and then North on Gessner before stopping. Upon approaching the driver officers observed signs of intoxication and could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle. When asked if there was any marijuana inside of the vehicle the female driver responded, “not enough”.  The female was asked to perform a series of sobriety tests which she failed. The 21-year-old female was placed under arrest and booked into the Harris County Jail. The vehicle was towed.

 

Piney Point

6/24/22 at 2330 Hours. 11500 Block of Memorial Drive. Driving While Intoxicated.  While on patrol an officer observed a vehicle run a red light and then strike a curb while traveling on S. Piney Point Road. Officers initiated a traffic stop and upon speaking to the driver officers observed signs of intoxication.  In addition, the driver stated that he was looking for mid-town and that he was lost.  The driver was administered field sobriety tests which he failed.  The 27-year-old driver was placed under arrest and booked into the Harris County Jail. His vehicle was towed from the area.

6/25/22 at 1315 Hours. 100 Block of Windemere. Possession of a Fraudulent License Plate. Officers were alerted to a stolen license plate entering the villages on S. Piney Point.  Officers began checking the area and located the vehicle in question in a driveway of a home on Windemere. Officers made contact with the vehicle occupants and found they were contractors at the home.  The vehicle owner was found to have an outstanding arrest warrant for DWI and the paper license plate was a fraudulent copy of a stolen license plate.  The 32-year-old male suspect was placed under arrest and booked into the Harris County Jail. 

6/27/22 at 1400 Hours. 1-100 Block Stillforest. Fraud.  The victim reported that he was contacted by his bank of an attempted fraud on his bank account.  Of special concern to the victim was his bank told him that a subject presented a Texas drivers license with his information on it at a bank in NY and attempted to make a withdraw on the victim’s account. When questioned about the transaction the suspect fled the bank leaving the license and other documents behind. A check into the victim’s credit history also showed a new cell phone account opened in NY that the victim had not made or authorized. The victims accounts were frozen, and information collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

6/30/22 at 1100 Hours. 200 Block of Merrie Way. Theft. Construction personnel at a construction site advised that sometime overnight unknown persons had entered the site and removed plywood and flooring from the property.  The items had been delivered over two weeks ago and had been under a black trap. Nearby residences were contacted, and neighbors are reviewing their surveillance footage. Information about the theft was collected and provided to detectives who have taken over the investigation.

Hunters Creek

6/28/22 at 0030 Hours. Voss at Magnolia Bend. Recovered Stolen License Plate. Officers received notice of a vehicle entering the area along Voss Road displaying a stolen license plate. Officers were in the area, located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.  Upon speaking with the driver, officers learned that the driver/owner had her license plates stolen from the car and had reported them as stolen.  The plate that was on the vehicle now was an old plate (front) of hers that she had also reported stolen.  The license plate was recovered and tagged into evidence and the owner was instructed to go to MVD and get a new license plate.

7/1/22 at 0845 Hours. 8400 Block of Hunters Creek Drive. Theft.  Construction personnel at the listed job site reported that sometime during the night, unknown person(s) entered the construction area and removed several sheets of Plywood. Information about the theft was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. 

 
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