The MVPD ALPR system this past week hit the $4,000,000.00 mark in recovered stolen vehicles since the implementation of the system in September of 2019. The month of May was an extremely busy month for the ALPR system and officers as the system alerted offices 185 times of stolen and/or wanted vehicles or license plates in the area. MVPD located and recovered 11 vehicles during the month of May.
Also, this week, the MVPD sent 2 officers to assist in Uvalde, Texas after last week’s mass shooting incident. The MVPD was one of almost 100 departments from across the state that answered the call for assistance. When we asked for volunteers from within the department almost everyone offered their assistance. Our 2 officers who assisted were assigned to patrol duties in the Uvalde community.
Assignments being covered during this unprecedented event have included, protecting the homes of victims and their families, the scene of the shooting, the command center and the Memorial that has been created in the city square. In addition to the dozens of media personnel and hundreds of others who just want to pay their respects at the Memorial in the Uvalde area.
Our assisting first responders lived in dorms that were set up at a community college. Our officers were in a room that housed 20, with a communal bathroom and showers. They worked 12-hour shifts as both solo units and at times were assigned with Uvalde officers. Our officers responded to a variety of calls during the week. They said that the Uvalde community was very appreciative of the assistance from the outside agencies, and everyone welcomed their presence. Our officers returned last night from the assignment and are getting caught up with their much-needed rest today. Thanks to team MVPD for assisting in “Operation Coyote Overwatch”.
This week we have also been very busy chasing around a fictitious paper license plate that is being distributed in the area. The tag is showing up on multiple vehicles. Officers have been stopping, citing, and confiscating the bad paper tags. I have attached a picture of just a few of the ALPR captures of this bad paper tag so you can see how widespread this problem is.
Please remember that school is out for the summer so lots of kids are out and about all day long. Please slow down when traveling through the villages. We have stepped up our traffic enforcement. Last month the MVPD issued 624 citations of which 140 were for speeding.
Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz email@example.com
Weekly Crime Report
5/26/22 at 1615 Hours. 600 Block of Blalock. Recovered Stolen Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages and were able to locate the Nissan traveling on Blalock Road and initiated a traffic stop. The driver was taken into custody as officers contacted the victim. The victim (in Lockhart, TX) stated that she had loaned her vehicle to the subject so he could move but he had refused to return it. After several failed attempts to get the subject to return the car she reported it stolen. Charges were declined by the victim and the DA’s Office. The vehicle was recovered and towed. The 31-year-old male was released at an area gas station.
5/27/22 at 2015 Hours. 2200 Block of S. Piney Point Road. Officers were notified of a stolen vehicle entering the villages on Piney Point Road. Officers were nearby and stopped the vehicle. Upon detaining the driver officers found that he had just been released from the hospital after suffering a gun shot wound. The passenger was found to be in possession of amphetamines and marijuana. The victim was contacted and confirmed her vehicle was stolen and that she did want to prosecute. The DA’s office was contacted but they declined charges on the driver but did accept charges on the passenger for possession of the controlled substance. The vehicle was recovered and towed. The 26-year-old passenger was booked into the Harris County Jail and the 25-year-old driver was dropped off at a gas station on I-10.
5/27/22 at 2145 Hours. 2200 Block of S. Piney Point. Recovered Stolen Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages on S. Piney Point Road. Officers located and stopped the vehicle on Echo Road. Through investigation officers learned that the vehicle was involved in a civil disagreement between ex-boyfriend and ex-girlfriend. The DA’s office declined charges due to the former relationship between the two. The vehicle was recovered and towed. The 30-year-old female driver was released at the scene.
5/30/22 at 0130 Hours. 600 Block of Blalock Road. Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle/Recovered Stolen Handgun. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle traveling on Blalock Road. Officers were nearby and stopped the Ford Fusion. Two subjects were taken into custody. The vehicle was confirmed as stolen. The two suspects had differing stories as to who the vehicle belonged to. One of the subjects was also found to be in possession of a stolen handgun. The DA’s office was contacted and accepted charges on the suspect with the handgun but declined any charges on the possession of the stolen vehicle. The vehicle was recovered and towed from the scene. The 40-year-old convicted felon in possession of the stolen firearm was booked into the Harris County Jail. The other subject a 37-year-old male was released at the scene.
5/28/22 at 1745 Hours. 8500 Block of Katy Freeway. Theft. The victim reported that he was at the gas station buying some items and had set his cell phone on the counter. He went to grab a bag of ice and upon returning to the counter his phone was gone. It is unknown who took the cell phone. Gas station personnel could not access video surveillance but would do so in the morning and notify the department if they could see anything. Information was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
6/1/22 at 0445 Hours. 10800 Block of Bridlewood. Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen U-Haul truck traveling on Voss Road. Officers were in the area and initiated a traffic stop. Upon stopping the truck, the driver fled from officers on foot. One officer chased the driver while another officer detained the female passenger. The officer lost sight of the suspect after he jumped multiple fences in the area. The female stated that she only knew the male by his first name, and they had just met. Inside of the vehicle officers located items that appeared to have been stolen. A search of the area by assisting canine units did not locate the suspect. The canine did track the suspect north to I-10. The DA’s office was contacted but declined charges on the female passenger. The U-Haul was recovered and towed.
5/30/22 at 0830 Hours. 200 Block of Mayerling. Recovered stolen license plate. Officers were alerted to a vehicle in the area that was displaying a stolen license plate. Officers located the vehicle in a neighborhood and initiated a traffic stop. The driver had just bought the vehicle from an on-line sale with the attached license plate already on the vehicle. The stolen plate was removed and recovered by officers and the driver was cited for not properly registering the vehicle.
6/1/22 at 2200 Hours. 12100 Block of Rhett. Forgery/Theft of a Check. The victim reported that he had noticed a check was missing from his checkbook but assumed that his wife had used it. On this date, he noticed that his checking account balance was much lower than normal. Upon checking with the bank, he learned the check had been cashed and after speaking with his wife that she had not taken, used or issued the missing check. The bank froze the victim’s account. Information was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
6/2/22 at 0900 Hours. 300 Block of Bunker Hill Road. Theft. The builder at the listed construction site advised that sometime during the night, unknown persons entered the construction site by cutting the lock off a gate and removed 50 sheets of plywood that had been delivered the day before. Information about the theft was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. The area was checked for cameras and information was obtained about the delivery company.
6/2/22 at 1400 Hours. 1-100 Block of Concord. Fraud. The victim upon reviewing her checking account found that a check that she had written and mailed had been intercepted, washed, and cashed by a subject whom she did not know. The check is one of four mailed on the same day. The victim was unsure of the exact location where the checks had been mailed from. The victim’s account was frozen and information obtained about the checks was provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
6/2/22 at 1705 Hours. 1-100 Block of Williamsburg. Accidental Death. Officers and EMS personnel responded to a construction site in reference to a worker who had fallen off a scaffold. Upon arrival responders determined that the victim had died as a result of the injuries. MVPD detectives and investigators from the office of the medical examiner responded and took over the investigation. Next of kin have been notified.