Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, July 15, 2022
Chief's Weekly Report

Memorial Villages Police Department

From the Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,

Kroger’s at Voss and San Felipe, purse snatching.  A village resident asked that I share her recent experience that occurred at the Kroger Store located at San Felipe and Voss to help protect other area shoppers.  The victim had just completed shopping and loading her car. She had returned her cart and had entered her vehicle.  While she was doing the above, she noticed a male in the area wearing a bright yellow vest/shirt and assumed he was a shopping cart attendant. As she was preparing to leave, the male walked up to her car and knocked on the window. Believing he was an employee and that maybe she had forgotten something or there was a problem with the cart she rolled down the window. The male suspect quickly reached inside of her vehicle, grabbed her purse and ran from the area.

Please use extra care when out in parking lots and never assume anything. In a case like the above, only roll your window down a little, just enough to hear what is wanted.  On many cars today once you hit the button, the window will completely go down, so that means you need to practice how to stop the window from going all the way down. (you do that by quickly pushing up on the button for a split second after pushing down). So that is your homework assignment for this weekend. Practice getting your window to only go down about 2 – 3 inches. Of course, remember you can also sound your horn to bring attention to any situation that makes you uncomfortable or if you see someone else in distress.

Please watch this attached news story at https://youtu.be/uNmtmYLXoZc

I don’t normally do this, but this is valuable information about being extra safe and how calculating some criminals can be. Something as simple as ordering Grub Hub or Uber Eats can create an opportunity for a criminal to hit an unsuspecting resident, and criminals are all about opportunity.  Just like the incident above at the Kroger store, a home delivery at a nice home in a nice neighborhood can also provide a criminal with the opportunity they are looking for.  Now I know that everyone wants to know when is this rampant unlawful behavior going to stop?  And I wish I had the answer, but I do know one thing and that is it is not going to stop until there are swift and severe consequences for those who commit these types of crimes. We will continue to work our cases, effect arrests, recover property, tow away cars and do whatever else it takes to let the bad guys know that they picked the wrong community to be criminals in.

MVPD Case follow-up. A couple of weeks ago we had a driveway robbery occur in the evening as a resident returned home from dining at a restaurant in Houston.  Since that robbery, MVPD Detective Chris Rodriguez has been following up leads in the case, along with reviewing countless hours of ALPR license plate captures. This week the case was presented to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the DA’s Office has agreed to accept charges on the suspect. The amount of work performed on this case by the detective amounts to hours and hours that has included following leads across the city.  It is only because of his dedication and tenacity that this case was solved, and an arrest will be made. Now it will be that same tenacity that will make sure that the offender is held accountable.  Detective Rodriguez is working with other agencies in locating and arresting the offender as well as linking him to other crimes that he has been involved in.

The next step will be his day in court, and we are all looking forward to that.

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

 

Weekly Crime Report

Piney Point

7/7/22 at 1900 Hours. 11400 Block of Memorial Drive. Unlawful Possession of a Deadly Weapon. Officers initiated a traffic stop after observing a traffic violation. Upon approaching the driver, the officer observed an unholstered handgun on the floorboard with a high-capacity drum magazine attached to the gun.  The driver was asked to exit the vehicle and the loaded firearm was removed.  Officers also located marijuana and multiple credit cards, debit cards, ID’s and checks belonging to 15 different people.  The 24-year-old driver was taken into custody and booked into the Harris County Jail. Detectives were notified and have taken over the investigation.

7/10/22 at 1420 Hours. 11600 Block of Arrowood Circle. Burglary of a Vehicle. The victim reported that during the night an unknown person had entered an unlocked vehicle at their home and rummaged through the car. A review of area video surveillance found that at 0515 hours a white male in his 20’s with a goatee approached the house and vehicle. The male was wearing a dark long-sleeved shirt and dark gloves. The suspect rummaged through the vehicle but did not find anything of valve before he left.  A subsequent check of the ALPR system located possible suspect vehicles in the area at the same time.  Information was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

7/12/22 at 1430 Hours. 200 Block of Blalock. Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the area by the ALPR system. Officers began checking the area where they located and stopped the vehicle. The driver provided fraudulent identification to officers and was placed under arrest. The subject was fingerprinted and found to be concealing his identity and that he was a wanted fugitive for felony theft. Inside of the vehicle officers located a loaded firearm and methamphetamine. Officers located a laptop and information about fraudulent vehicle purchases being made online by the suspect.  The vehicle in question had also been bought on-line using some else’s stolen ID. The 30-year-old male was booked into the Harris County Jail and the vehicle was recovered. 

Bunker Hill

7/11/22 at 1115 Hours. 200 Block of Plantation. Burglary of a Vehicle. The victim reported that sometime during the night unknown person(s) entered his unlocked vehicle and removed a license plate from the center console. Information about the plate was collected and the plate information was entered into the State Data base as stolen. Additional details were obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

7/11/22 at 0830 Hours. 200 Block of Warrenton. Theft of a Vehicle. The victim reported that sometime during the night unknown person(s) removed her unlocked vehicle from her driveway.  The vehicle keys had been left inside of the vehicle.  The area was checked for video surveillance footage. Nearby video showed a male wearing all black clothing in the area at 0300 Hours.  The stolen vehicle was entered into the state database. At approximately noon, the stolen vehicle was recovered (parked and unattended) in Montgomery County. MVPD detectives are working with MCSO detectives on the case.

Hunters Creek

7/12/22 at 1130 Hours. 8400 Block of Katy Freeway. Burglary of a Vehicle.  The victim had just arrived at a business after leaving a bank. Soon after he had entered the business, his vehicle had two windows broken out and a bag and a ammo can were removed from the vehicle, but both were empty. A review of area surveillance footage located the suspects following the victim into the parking lot in a black and gray Toyota Avalon. The suspects are not seen but the vehicle parks next to the victim and leaves within 20 seconds.  The Toyota had a paper temporary license plate that had been folded over obscuring the numbers.  The vehicle was process for fingerprints and information obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

7/14/22 at 1345 Hours. 10800 Block of Timberglen. Fraud.  The victim reported that he received notification from his bank of an attempt to cash 3 fraudulent checks against his account.  The victim only had limited information from his bank. Preliminary information was collected, and detectives will be following up to check on the extent of the fraud.


 
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