Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, October 16, 2020
From the Office of the Chief of Police

On Wednesday afternoon we had a brief crime spree occur in the villages over a 90 minutes time period. 2 suspects in a silver Ford pick-up with a truck bed shell committed 2 burglaries and a theft. In these cases the suspects would go to a house to see if anyone is home. If the door is answered they start with a ruse to gain entry into the home. At one location they claimed to be from the water department and stated that they were investigating a water leak/issue in the rear of the home. At another location they claimed to be landscapers who were at the home to look at landscaping. The third home was unoccupied, and the suspects broke in through a rear door. We were able to use the department ALPR system to identify the suspect’s vehicle as being the same vehicle which was found to be near the locations of all 3 crimes just minutes before the respective crimes were reported.

Officers were able to quickly narrow down the ALPR license plate captures from thousands to a few dozen, and soon were able to identify the only vehicle that was at all 3 crime scenes.  That vehicle has been entered into the ALPR system and should it return to the area, all officers will immediately be alerted. Detectives now have the license plate of the vehicle and have been busy following up leads thought out the region.  The license plate is associated with an address from the Dallas area, detectives are investigating along with some closer locations. The truck is a silver Ford Super-Duty extended cab pick-up truck with a silver camper shell and a large bright silver trailer hitch. The truck has graphics on the side that say “FX4”. The license plate bracket shows the vehicle to come from “Doggett Ford”. The truck also has chrome running boards.  We will continue to follow up on these cases. The ALPR system was instrumental in assisting in these cases as it has provided strong leads for the detectives to follow up on. More to come on this case soon.

Update: Detectives have learned that HPD is looking for the same vehicle for committing similar crimes in Tanglewilde and Tanglewood. HPD only had a vehicle description but not a license plate. MVPD provided them with the plate information. MVPD, HPD and Hedwig are all working the cases together.

This also a good reminder to not allow people into your home that show up unannounced. Someone at your door claiming to be with the water department, a utility or a landscaper without an appointment and especially if not in a clearly marked company vehicle or not in a marked/badged uniform should be suspect! Landscapers or utility workers seldom need access to the interior of your home, do not let them in unless you are sure who they are and even then, do not leave them unattended. If there is a situation with someone at your door and you are not sure of their intent or legitimacy, you can always give us a call at 713-365-3700 and we will go by to check them out. 

This week we are approaching the 50th ALPR hit and recovery of a stolen vehicle. Below, you can read about number 49. Number 50 is special as it is one of the milestones that we had set earlier in the year.  The team with the recovery will be treated to dinner along with the arrested suspect. The suspects dinner, however, will be courtesy of the Harris County Jail.  Another number that we are quickly approaching is $1,000,000 in value for 2020 in recoveries. We previously had hit that number for the system total since implementation of the program, this next million dollars in recoveries will be for 2020 only. Since program implementation, we are closing in on $1.5 million in recovered value.  We will let you know when that occurs.

This week we have had 2 additional Texas Workforce Fraud cases reported. Our command staff has reached out to TWC personnel and to the DPS team assisting on these cases. MVPD detectives will be assisting them in investigating these cases along with thousands of others that have been reported across the state. We will be obtaining subpoenas for IP addresses and for information on the destinations of the deposited/transferred funds. As taxpayers, we all are the long-term victims of these crimes. We will keep you apprised as the case progresses.

Early Voting has begun. We have one early voting location here in the villages and our officers are all aware of the location and of the hours of operation. Officers will be conducting regular patrols of the area along with Constables and Deputies. As we approach election day itself, we will be bringing on extra staffing to ensure a safe election day process for everyone. Political signs are popping up everywhere. Please be respectful of everyone’s right to support the candidate of their choice. Political signs must be placed on private property and not in the public right of way. Some neighborhood HOA’s prohibit any signs. So please be aware of what your specific HOA allows, and if and where you can place signs. Officers are closely monitoring neighborhoods overnight as that seems to be the time when most sign problems occur. We have stopped two groups of youth who have been swapping out candidate signs and another group who took some signs. Only a few more weeks and we will be done for a couple of months, until the 2024 campaign begins.

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

 

Weekly Crime Report

Piney Point

10/10/20 at 1045 Hours. 2200 Block of S. Piney Point. Unlawful Use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Stolen Property. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages in the 2200 block of S. Piney Point. A second alert showed the stolen vehicle to be continuing North of Blalock. Officers were nearby and observed the vehicle at Monica, as officers turned to go after the vehicle it made a turn onto Raina and pulled into a driveway where a male quickly exited the vehicle. Officers detained the male while another officer detained the female driver.  Inside the vehicle there were numerous pieces on men’s and boys clothing thrown throughout the vehicle. There were no bags or receipts. All of the clothing still had store tags and security tags affixed to the items. A call to the Steinmart on Westheimer found that the subjects had just run out of the store with the items without paying and setting off security alarms. The occupants stated that they had borrowed the vehicle but did not know how to contact the person who had lent them the vehicle. A search of the subjects located various pieces of identification, social security cards and other drivers’ licenses.

The registered owner of the vehicle was contacted and stated that her vehicle and her purse had been stolen from her home 2 days earlier. Another person’s driver’s license (owner) was contacted and that subject stated that his wallet had been stolen over a month ago during an auto burglary.  A detailed search of the stolen vehicle also located a quantity of methamphetamine. The 38-year-old female and 40-year-old male suspects were both booked into the Harris County Jail. Steinmart employees responded to the location to retrieve their recovered stolen property and the vehicle was also recovered and towed.  Note: Steinmart employees said this was the first time that they have had “runout” theft merchandise recovered and returned to them after a theft. Great job by our officers on this case.

10/15/20 at 0745 Hours. 400 Block of Gingham. Theft of a Bicycle. The victim reported that a homeless male took a bike from his carport early in the morning. The male had left south on Piney Point towards Memorial Drive. The male was riding another bicycle pushing the stolen bike with him.  Officers responded and checked the homeless camps at San Felipe and the Bayou. The bicycle was not located but several new homeless camps were found. NOTE: The homeless camps had all been cleared out on Tuesday of this week and carted away, but hey have been rebuilt and reoccupied. Officers and detectives are investigating. 

Bunker Hill

10/10/20 at 1930 Hours. 9700 Block of Katy Freeway. Possession of a Controlled Substance/Unlawful Use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle in the area of Memorial City Mall. Officers were nearby and observed the vehicle traveling east on the I-10 frontage road. Officers waited for back-up and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle was occupied by 2 females. One had an extensive criminal history and warrants out of California.  One of the females was also found to be in possession of Methamphetamine. The owner of the stolen vehicle from Sugarland could not be located. The DA only accepted charges on the one female for the drugs and not for the stolen vehicle. California declined extradition. The one 26-year-old female was booked into the Harris County Jail. The other female was released. The vehicle was towed.  

10/13/20 at 0130 Hours. 11700 Block of Taylorcrest. Possession of Marijuana. Officers were dispatched to the area in reference to a possible mail theft as a witness had observed an occupied vehicle parked at a mailbox with no lights on. As officers arrived in the area the vehicle drove off without any headlights. Officers stopped the vehicle and upon approaching the driver could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A subsequent search located a small quantity of marijuana.  No mail was found inside of the vehicle. The occupants stated that they had pulled over because they were lost. The occupants were identified and cited for the marijuana. They then left the area.

10/14/20 at 1400 Hours. 300 Block of Belin Manor. Forgery. The victim reported that upon reviewing his checking account he found that 5 checks that he had mailed to pay bills had been intercepted. 2 of the checks had been washed and reissued to individuals that the victim did not know. The other checks are still outstanding. Information about the victims account was obtained and provided to detectives who are following up on the investigation. The victims bank was also notified of the forgery.

10/15/20 at 1030 Hours. 1-100 Block of Raydon. Forgery. The victim reported receiving notice of a check that she had written and mailed. The check had been intercepted and washed. The check was reissued to an unknown female for $9,000. The bank had stopped payment and wanted to verify the authenticity. The victim had mailed the check, but it was for a phone bill.  Information about the bank(s) was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. 

Hunters Creek

10/14/20 at 1455 Hours. 900 Block of Creekwood Way. Burglary of a Habitation.  The victim reported that a son had answered the door and was met by a surprised male wearing a face mask. The male stated that he was there to do some landscaping repairs to a fence and needed access to the rear yard. The son took the subject around the home at which time the male received communications from a walkie-talkie. The male then left the yard and returned to a silver Ford pickup truck and left.

A review of surveillance footage located a second male enter the home after the son left to the rear. That suspect soon exited the home with a purse that he had taken from the home. A first review of the ALPR system showed over 100 silver pickup trucks in the villages. After a call that was received 15 minutes later, officers located the suspect vehicle on a nearby ALPR and are investigating and looking for the truck.  Detectives were notified.

10/14/20 at 1510 Hours. 1-100 Block of Hunters Ridge. Burglary of a Habitation. The victim was notified of an alarm activation at her home. She was nearby and went home to investigate. Upon arriving home, she found a rear door to have been forced open causing damage to the door frame. The interior of the home had been ransacked.  A check of the ALPR system located just outside of her subdivision showed a silver Ford pick-up truck to be the only vehicle other than the victims to enter the area. Officers were able to capture the license plate and determine it was related to the call from 15 minutes earlier as the descriptions matched.

10/14/20 at 1630 Hours. (delayed) 10900 Block of Roaring Brook. Theft. The victim’s son reported that a male subject knocked on his mother’s front door claiming to be from the water department needing access to the rear yard. The suspect stated that he had located a small leak and offered to fix it for a small fee. The victim paid the subject and as she went back to where the male was, she observed a second male run from her home. The second male had seen where she had taken the money from and took an additional $200 dollars. Both subjects then ran from the home. A check of a nearby ALPR also located the same Ford truck near the victim’s home. Detectives also responded to this location and are following up on the cases.  

Texas Workforce Fraud Cases

10/11/20 at 1615 Hours. 11700 Greenbay. Fraudulent application for unemployment using the victim’s personal information.

10/12/20 at 1845 Hours. 300 Block of Tamberlaine. Fraudulent application for unemployment using the victim’s personal information.

 
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