This week we have seen a reemergence of scams
returning to the Villages. Two of the events have been reported to be using
“spoofing” techniques where the caller ID makes the call appear to be coming
from either HCSO or the HPD. In both of these cases, the caller wanted either
to help quash an outstanding warrant or in one case, needed help from the
victim in solving a case where the victim’s ID had been compromised. In both
cases, the suspects wanted the victims to get money and/or gift cards.
There is no reason why a police department/sheriff’s
department/FBI/DEA/IRS or State Treasurer is going to ask you to get a gift
card to remove a warrant to help in an investigation. None. In these cases,
just hang up the phone. The caller will
state that if you hang up the deal/offer/case etc. will not happen and that you
will compromise the case or possibly even someone’s safety. Again, this is
not true. They will say that you must not call anyone and keep the phone
line open. They are saying this because they want to keep talking with you and
get you to buy the gift cards and then read them the numbers and PIN from the
cards. In all of these cases, hang up immediately. We know that these guys can
appear pretty convincing, again, they are scams.
This week we also learned of one, where the caller
wanted to facetime with the victim. The caller says he is with the Social
Security Administration (SSA). He wants to facetime (video call) because he has
his surroundings made up to look like an SSA office. The SSA does not facetime
anyone, ever. Please be careful of these calls, text messages and
inquiries. Do not get taken. (Note: we
tracked one of this week’s events to El Paso and even that ended up to be a
On Wednesday, January 8, 2020 MVPD Reserve Officer and
lead R.A.D. Instructor, Michelle Owens will be speaking at the Houston Junior
Woman’s Club Meeting. Officer Owens will be speaking about RAD and RAD55. The
meeting is open to the community and will be held at Chapelwood United
Methodist Church. The meeting starts at 1000 with Officer Owens speaking about
women’s safety at approximately 1030 am. Please put this on your calendars now
and plan on joining Michelle and the Houston Juniors Woman’s Club for this
interesting community dialogue.
ALPR Update: This week, 2 Hedwig ALPR systems came
on-line and joined the Village Network of ALPR technology. MVPD received
several hits including one that resulted in the recovery of a vehicle that had
been reported stolen, a stolen U-Haul truck that passed through, and two sex
offenders. We were also able to utilize the ALPR to assist us in searching for
a suspect who had eluded in a vehicle and later on foot. The mobile ALPR Unit
has been repositioned and is pulling double duty by helping slow down speeders
(by its visible presence) in a school zone and by checking plates. 5 additional
poles were placed this week as we continue our system buildout. This week we
met with Houston PD officials to ensure that we are effectively sharing
information about active criminals who may be traveling into the villages. As
this project continues to evolve, so does the level of safety in the villages
due to our ever-growing partnerships with the community, other law enforcement
organizations and businesses.
Street Closure: Please remember that Warrenton between
Valley Star and Memorial Drive is one-way only (northbound traffic) at his
time, and that there will be no trick or treating on Halloween on this section
of Warrenton or Kilts due to open trenching.
This past week has been a busy week for our officers
and dispatchers. A summary of some of the events that we addressed included:
Village EMS/Fire: 15
w/o Permit: 6
The 2019 3rd Annual Twinkle Light Parade is
quickly approaching. This year the route has been lengthened and will travel a
total of 5 miles through the Villages, meaning that there will be more
opportunities for you to see the parade.
One of the things that makes the parade so unique is that the evening
parade can be enjoyed anywhere along the route. Many neighborhoods have events
where they gather as a group to watch the parade and celebrate the holidays.
Last year there were dozens of events along the parade route that included:
Neighbors sharing Posole, Hot Chocolate and even a few glasses of wine. Many of
the kids dressed up along with their pets, there were BBQ’s and even a few fire
pits where we saw some marshmallows being roasted.
The parade will be held on December 19th
starting at 6pm. The parade will start
at Frostwood Elementary, travel east on Memorial to Strey, then turn North to
Taylorcrest, East to Knipp, South to Memorial, East to Bunker Hill Road, North
to Taylorcrest, East to Blalock and then South to MDPC where the parade will
end with pictures and Christmas carols with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The parade is a “mechanized” parade meaning
everything is mobile – no walking. Floats, cars, trucks and bicycles – all dressed
up with Christmas Lights. Plan your evening now and join on December 19th,
2019. (map attached)
Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz email@example.com
Weekly Crime Report
10/14/19 at 1300 Hours. 200 Block of Warrenton. Theft.
The owner of a property under construction contacted the MVPD to report that
plumbing items that included 2 toilets and a bathtub were missing from the job
site. The items had been seen at the
location 3 days earlier, however, were now missing. Information about the items
was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation that
includes looking for area surveillance footage.
10/15/19 at 1045 Hours. 11900 Block of Memorial Drive.
Attempted Fraud. A male caller contacted the victim stating that he was with a
federal agency investigating a crime where someone was using her identity and
needed her help. The caller wanted the
victim to make a withdraw from her bank account to help in the investigation.
MVPD was contacted and was able to verify the call was fraudulent. The suspect
has “spoofed” the call and made the caller ID appear that the call was coming
from a Law Enforcement agency.
10/16/19 at 0730 Hours. Gessner at Briar Forest.
Fleeing from a Police Officer. Officer attempted to stop a vehicle after
observing the car speed through the school zone with children present. The
vehicle failed to stop or pull over for the police unit and continued until the
vehicle was tied up in heavy traffic that was stopping and upon seeing the
police unit with lights and siren trying to stop the suspects’ vehicle. The
53-year-old male driver was taken into custody and booked into the MVPD
jail. When asked why he did not stop, he
stated that he felt that he did not do anything wrong, so he did not need to
stop for the police.
10/16/19 at 1315 Hours. Gessner at Memorial Drive.
Fleeing and Eluding a Police Officer. Officer attempted to stop a vehicle after
observing it with an improper registration. The vehicle quickly accelerated in
an attempt to elude the officer and then turned and started heading towards a
school zone speeding up to 85 MPH. The
officer disengaged due to the suspect heading towards the school. A few minutes
later a resident reported a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle
had pulled into her rear yard and a black male had run from the car and climbed
her fence. Officers arrived and found
the vehicle was the same one that had fled from officers. As officers were
searching the area, an Uber driver was seen on a nearby dead-end street. Upon
stopping the Uber, officers learned that inside, was a girlfriend of the
suspect who had fled. The male had
called his girlfriend and asked her to come and pick him up at this location.
Officers continued to search the area but did not locate the suspect. During
the next 60 minutes approximately 5 different Ubers showed up in the area. The female did identify the suspect to
officers. The female also stated that he most likely was in possession of
drugs. An arrest warrant was obtained for the suspect and the vehicle was
towed. The area was extensively searched with several police K9 teams without
success. Officers remained in the area until all school children went home, and
all buses had dropped off children in the area.
10/18/19 at 0815 Hours. 300 Block of Chapel Bell.
Theft. Victim reported that sometime during the past 24 hours, unknown
person(s) had removed several sheets of plywood from the construction site.
Information about the items was collected and provided to detectives for their
follow up investigation. Officers canvassed the neighborhood for area cameras.
10/18/19 at 0845 Hours. 11700 Block of Taylorcrest.
Fraud. Victim reported that he received
notice that a loan had been opened utilizing his personal information. The victim
did not open or authorize the loan.
Information was obtained about the loan, bank and provided to detectives
for their follow up investigation.
10/14/19 at 1800 Hours. 300 Block of Voss. Possession
of a Controlled Substance. Officer initiated a traffic stop after observing a
traffic violation. The vehicle had originally attempted to evade the officer by
quickly turning down a dead-end street.
Upon approaching and contacting the driver who changed her story several
times about why she had turned and upon learning hat the vehicle was not
properly registered, an investigation found that the female was in possession
of schedule III class drugs and the male passenger who had provided false
information had a warrant for his arrest. The female was arrested and booked
into the MVPD jail while a ‘To Be” warrant was obtained for the arrest of the
male passenger. The vehicle was impounded, and the drugs tagged into the MVPD
10/15/19 at 1330 Hours. 1-100 Block of Piney Point.
Welfare Check. Officers were dispatched to the area in reference to a male in a
car possibly suffering from a medical episode.
Upon arrival officers located the vehicle and driver who was clearly in
distress. VFD was summoned and arrived to provide aid. The male was
subsequently transported to a hospital and the vehicle towed for safe-keeping.
Family members were located and notified by responding officers.
10/16/19 at 1815 Hours. 300 Block of Tynebridge.
Disturbance. Officers were dispatched to the area in reference to a
disturbance. Upon arrival officers met with the parties involved. A male suspect was subsequently placed under
arrest and transported and booked into the MVPD jail.