Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, February 8, 2019
From the Office of the Chief of Police

We have been extremely busy this week processing annual alarm permits for the Villages. Please make sure that your alarm is properly registered with your Village.  Hunters Creek and Bunker Hill Alarms can be registered on-line. Piney Point Alarms need to be registered via mail in permit or in-person to Piney Point Village Hall. In any event, all permits eventually make it to the MVPD where we update our CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) records. These records are extremely important because this is where we update information on your emergency contacts, alarm company information, access codes, pet information and information on video systems to include video doorbells. We rely heavily on these records to assist us in making emergency notifications, return lost pets and look for clues in helping solve cases. Please register your alarm as soon as possible if you have not already done so. 

This week I have received 5 pieces of mail that each had printed on the front of the envelopes “Important Tax Information”. Inside were documents that I need to complete in order to file my 2018 income taxes. The problem with this, is that these envelopes tell would-be identity thieves that these letters have the information that they are looking for. Remember to please remove your mail daily from your mailboxes. We know that there are criminals driving around throughout the night checking mailboxes and that they are finding mail inside.  In an attempt to help catch these guys and gals we are augmenting our patrols with some of our unmarked vehicles. A few of you have even called in suspicious vehicles driving around that were ours (good job). We will continue these additional patrols until we get through the tax season. In the meantime, besides emptying your mailboxes this is also the time of year we recommend that you take advantage of conducting one of your free credit checks.  As you will see below, one of our residents found fraudulent accounts while checking her credit this week.  2 accounts had been opened in her name.

There will be a local news story airing later this week on the MVPD use of drone technology.  Officer Larry Boggus is a nationally recognized expert when it comes to law enforcement use of drone technology. We are fortunate to have Larry on our team and able to use his skills. We only use the MVPD drone for mission specific activities (call driven) and we always respect the privacy of our residents.  Larry is assisting in establishing nationwide protocols that will help ensure the success of this technology by first responders.

Many of our residents continue to call the MVPD in reference to the growing Homeless encampment that has been established at San Felipe and the Bayou.   While, this particular location is in the City of Houston and not in the Villages, we are working with Houston service providers and the property owner in reference to the camp and the sanitary concerns, not to mention the proximity to nearby schools and residences. Many of the people staying in the camp are the panhandlers who are often at the corner of Voss and San Felipe.  They are there because of the money that they make at the corner. Unfortunately, it is the generosity of motorists that attracts people to these locations.  We recommend that anyone wanting to help others in need to not give cash to panhandlers in the street and instead to donate to established service providers, charities or churches.  This way you can guarantee that the money is being properly spent and not supporting an addiction or other bad habit. This will also help provide an incentive for the homeless population that is living at San Felipe and the Bayou to relocate.  In the meantime, we will continue to closely monitor the situation.

And finally, thanks to the Village Fire Department for their response to the call at the Racquet Club on Wednesday evening. A shooting victim had driven himself to that location from Houston. The victim was looking for assistance when he saw the security guard gate house on Memorial. The victim stopped there and the personnel at the Racquet Club notified MVPD and VFD. First responders were on scene within seconds. MVPD assisted HPD and processed the vehicle and VFD rendered life-saving aid.  The victim is recovering in the hospital as the investigation continues.  Great Job and even better Team Work!

Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz


Weekly Crime Report

Hunters Creek

2/1/19 at 1515 Hours. 7500 Block of Riverview Way. Criminal Mischief/Attempted Burglary of a Habitation. 2 male subjects were (either Hispanic or Black) were observed driving in the area when the vehicle stopped at a residence and one of the male suspects approached the victim’s home. The vehicle then left the area and a short time later the victim returned home to find a broken out rear door glass. The suspects were not able to gain entry into the property. Video surveillance provided officers with a description of the suspect’s vehicle and bulletin was issued for the suspect’s vehicle. The neighborhood association was able to access the community surveillance camera system and obtain the temporary license plate off the suspect’s vehicle. Detectives have been able to identify the owner of the vehicle and are working with the DA’s Office in obtaining a warrant for the arrest of the suspect.

2/3/19 at 1115 Hours. Voss and Beinhorn. Public Intoxication. Officers were dispatched to the area in reference to a male subject seen staggering in the street.  Upon arrival to the area, officers located the suspect who was found to be heavily intoxicated.  The 34-year-old male was placed under arrest and booked into the MVPD jail for his own safety.

2/6/19 at 0200 Hours. 300 Block of Voss. Evading Arrest. Officers initiated a traffic stop after observing a suspicious vehicle in the area. The vehicle quickly pulled into a private driveway at which time the driver exited the vehicle and ran on foot.  Officers chased the suspect who was able to climb over several fences with the officer eventually losing sight of the suspect. The perimeter was secured and a K9 unit requested to search for the suspect. After an extended search the suspect could not be located.  A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed identification of the suspect who was found to also have outstanding warrants for his arrest. The vehicle was towed, and an arrest warrant was obtained for the arrest of the suspect for the evading charge.

2/6/19 at 0930 Hours. 1000 Block of Riverglyn. Identity Theft/Fraud. The victim was conducting a routine self-credit check when she located 2 accounts that had been opened up in her name without her authorization. A further check found that both accounts had outstanding unpaid balances. The accounts were to a cell phone company and a cable TV company and had ties to an address in Houston. Information about the accounts and associated address was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

2/6/19 at 1830 Hours. 700 Block of Pifer. Fraud. The victim learned that 4 unauthorized charges had been made against his credit card.  The items had been ordered on-line and delivered to a third-party address. Information about the physical address of the delivery and the originating email account was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow-up investigation.

2/6/19 at 2015 Hours. 10700 Block of Memorial Drive. A 24-year-old-male subject drove up to the security booth seeking assistance for a gunshot wound. It was determined that the shooting had occurred in the City of Houston and the victim drove to this location. The victim was transported to an area hospital. MVPD processed the vehicle and is assisting HPD on the investigation.   

Bunker Hill

2/6/19 at 1145 Hours. 100 Block of Williamsburg. Theft.  The victim reported that she recently learned that an acquaintance had sent a gift to her home that was delivered on January 7, 2019.  The victim did not know about the gift until the sender had made an inquiry about it. A report was generated documenting the incident. No video surveillance was available due to the delay.

Piney Point

No significant events.

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