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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Crime Report
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.
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.
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
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