Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, May 27, 2022
From the Office of the Chief of Police

From the Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,

This has unfortunately once again been an extremely hard week for the State of Texas. On Tuesday morning, an armed gunman entered the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde and took the lives of 19 students and 2 teachers. As word spread of the unfolding events occurring at the school, the MVPD and Spring Branch ISD Police began to deploy additional resources to our area schools as an extra safety precaution and to calm any fears or concerns of parents and students.  We continued that increased presence on Wednesday and Thursday.  As the tragic event that occurred in Uvalde is dissected over the coming weeks and summer, we too will be reviewing our school safety protocols and response procedures. We are fortunate to have strong relationships between the administration of the Spring Branch ISD, Spring Branch ISD Police, Village officials, VFD and the MVPD. Over the past 3 days, Chief Daring has been in frequent contact with me as we coordinated the special end-of-school events, graduations, and enhanced school presence.  Our thanks and appreciation go out to the administrators, teachers and staff at our village schools for their hard work in teaching and protecting our children throughout the school year.

Over the past 72 hours I have received inquiries as to how can individuals assist the Uvalde community. I have learned from the Texas Police Chief’s Association that a “Robb School Memorial Fund” has been established at the First State Bank of Uvalde.  Checks can be made out to the “Robb School Memorial Fund” and mailed to 200 E. Nopal St., Uvalde, TX 78801.  Zelle donations can be made to robbschoolmemorialfund@gmail.com   Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire Uvalde Community.

On Wednesday evening, I had the honor of speaking at the Memorial Drive Elementary School 5th grade graduation.  This was the first time that I was ever a commencement speaker at a graduation and what a great time it was.  The students all looked sharp as they received their certificates of graduation from elementary school and head off to middle school.  I saw lots of proud parents and grandparents in the audience and a few tears too.  Congratulations to all of the 5th graders who graduated from Memorial Drive Elementary, Bunker Hill Elementary and Frostwood Elementary School.

Hard to believe but the summer season is here.  I, like most of you consider Memorial Day to be the official kick-off of summer, vacations, travel, swimming, the beach, sleeping in (for some) and staying up late. This weekend is one of the weekend holidays that we in law enforcement consider a “drinking holiday” and that means increased intoxicated drivers on the roadways.  We will be actively looking for drunk drivers and we will remove them from the roads with a trip to the Harris County Jail.  If you are out on the roads this weekend, please remember to drive defensibly and be on the look-out for drunk drivers. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable summer.  

One of our prolific mail thieves  returned (again) to the villages and once again was arrested for stealing mail.  On May 25th, officers were investigating a theft of a package incident and after reviewing nearby video footage saw a vehicle that they recognized as being involving in previous mail thefts to be in the area at the time of the theft in question.  Officers obtained the license plate number and entered it into the ALPR system as an active suspect.  Within just a couple of hours, the ALPR system captured the vehicle driving in the area and alerted officers. Officers stopped the vehicle and found the same suspect from the previous thefts inside along with numerous pieces of mail from area residents.  The suspect was arrested for the third time by MVPD officers and booked into the Harris County Jail. 

Last weekend we had a burglary occur in the city of Bunker Hill Village. The neighborhood of the burglary had just installed a new ALPR system days earlier. A combination of area surveillance cameras and the ALPR, located a person of interest and his mode of transportation (car).  Once the license plate was identified it was entered into the ALPR system. Later in the evening, the ALPR system alerted officers to the vehicle traveling in the villages.  Officers located and stopped the gold Honda.  After an interview by detectives the suspect identified an acquaintance that he had given a ride to the area and dropped him off.  The subject was identified and confirmed to be the burglar via video surveillance.  An arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect in that case.

Yesterday, Bunker Hill Elementary School and Memorial Drive Elementary both held 5th grade graduation parades.  One had 5th graders walking down Strey and the other was a car parade to the Forest Club. Both events were well supported by area residents of all ages.  The parade routes were lined with friends and family members who sprayed the kids with water, poppers, silly string and confetti. The Village Fire Department made a surprise visit and sprayed down the “hot” kids as they passed by Wolf Court which was very much appreciated after the long walk. Thanks to everyone who showed up to support the kids, especially after the tough week of sad news from Uvalde.

On Wednesday, the Memorial Exchange Club honored MVPD Detective Blair Cerny as the MVPD Officer of the Year for his continued efforts in solving difficult cases. Our team of MVPD detectives, Cerny and Rodriguez both go above and beyond each and every day in juggling their caseloads. Just as an FYI, Detective Rodriguez was assigned this week’s mail theft and burglary cases.  In both instances, he was called in and had to leave his wife and 6-month-old new daughter at home to come in and work his cases. His dedication is very much appreciated by the department and his fellow officers.

And finally, thanks to everyone who helped us catch the labradoodle puppy on Wednesday morning near MDE.  For everyone who offered to adopt the puppy, I am sorry to report that we did locate the owner who was grateful to get her puppy back. 

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend. Remember that Monday is an official holiday, so no construction will be allowed.  Chief Ray Schultz rschultz@mvpdtx.org

 

Crime Report

Bunker Hill

5/21/22 at 1800 Hours. 1-100 Block of Greyton Lane. Burglary of a Habitation. The victim reported that sometime between Thursday afternoon and Saturday afternoon unknown person(s) had entered his residence by breaking in through a rear door. Officers and detectives began looking through nearby surveillance footage while area residents began to do the same and checked their cameras. Later, through investigation detectives were able to locate a suspicious male who had been in the area and were able to establish the time the crime occurred.  Detectives then analyzed nearby ALPR footage and located a vehicle driving on the street at the time of the crime.  The license plate of the vehicle was entered into the ALPR system.  Approximately 2 hours after the vehicle was entered into the ALPR hotlist the vehicle was captured on Gessner. Officers were nearby and located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.  The vehicle was stopped, and the driver was interviewed by detectives.  The driver was able to identify the suspect in the case.  Detectives were able establish that the driver had given the suspect a ride to the area where the burglary had occurred and that he had given the driver a pair of sunglasses that were one of the items stolen during the burglary.   The sunglasses were recovered and returned to the victim.  The DA’s office was contacted and stated they would accept charges on the 28-year-old suspect for an arrest warrant to be issued. 

Piney Point

5/21/22 at 2030 Hours. 2000 Block of Arrowood Circle. Theft of a Package.  The victim reported that earlier, a package had been delivered to his home that since had been stolen.  A review of area surveillance footage located a suspect and vehicle take the package. Officers could see the color, make and model of the vehicle along with a unique dent on the vehicle.  A check of area ALPR cameras located the suspect vehicle and yielded a license plate.  A check of the plate number showed that it belonged to a known area mail thief who has been arrested twice before by MVPD for mail theft.  The vehicle was entered into the ALPR hotlist.  At 2315 hours MVPD dispatch was notified of the suspect vehicle entering the Windemere neighborhood.  Officers responded to the area and located and stopped the suspect vehicle. Inside the vehicle officers located several pieces of mail from area residents and the same suspect who was seen on the earlier video.  The suspect was confirmed as the same suspect involved in the prior thefts.  The suspect was arrested for the third time by MVPD detectives and booked into the Harris County Jail. The vehicle was towed, and the mail returned to the owners.

Hunters Creek

5/22/22 at 2345 Hours. 200 Block of Voss. Driving While Intoxicated. Officers observed a vehicle traveling on Voss at 60 MPH in a posted 35 MPH zone. Officers initiated a traffic stop and upon approaching the driver detected the strong odor of alcohol on the driver.  The driver was administered a series of sobriety tests which she failed.  A subsequent breath test showed the driver to be twice the legal limit.  The 30-year-old female was booked into the Harris County Jail and the vehicle towed.

5/25/22 at 1800 Hours. 1-100 block of Longtimbers. Fraud.  The victim while out of town had attempted to use her credit card at which time it was declined.  A check with her bank found that it had been compromised by an unknown person who had attempted to change the account address. The bank closed the account as they had found the attempted fraud. Information about the account was collected and provided to detectives. 

5/26/22 at 1230 Hours. 600 Block of Saddlewood. Fraud. The victim stated that he had been monitoring his bank account wanting to ensure that a specific check had reached its destination.  When the check was cashed, he found the amount and payee had been changed. He contacted his bank, but they refused any assistance without a police report.  The victim stated the check had been mailed from the area of Voss and Woodway. Information about the victim’s bank and check was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.    

 
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