Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, February 3, 2023
Chief's Weekly Report

Memorial Villages Police Department

From the Desk of Chief Ray Schultz,

It has been another cold and rainy week here in the villages. This weekend there should be a break in the weather and some sun to help dry things out. Last Sunday our heavy rain with the heavy leaf drop caused a few minor issues with blocked grates and drains and some localized flooding. The hard freeze that we had at Christmas has caused quite a few leaves to drop over the past several weeks and now with our early spring rains we are seeing leaves, needles and branches piling up in ditches, on grates and near culverts. Please ask your lawn crews to clean up the debris and include ditches. We want to get ahead of this before the next storms and to avoid any preventable flooding. Thank you

This week MVPD Officers Boggus and Vasquez attended events at Bunker Hill Elementary and at Kincaid. The BHE student health fair was attended by over 700 students and parents, while Kincaid hosted a seminar for 10th grade parents and students as they prepare to get their drivers licenses. Officers Boggus and Vasquez fielded questions from students and parents at both events and had a great time participating in the activities at BHE, and speaking about the dangers that new drivers face as they enter the commuting community.

Engaging with the community is one of the functions that all of us here at the MVPD enjoy participating in. Last fall we co-hosted a training session with the FBI on how to respond in the event of an active shooter. That limited session had to be closed when we hit 100 participants and many of you asked when would another opportunity be available?  The good news is the FBI has agreed to hold another training session for the community and this one will be on a Saturday so more residents can participate. As soon as the details are ironed out, we will let you know the exact date, time, and location. We are hoping for a Saturday in March that will be in conjunction with the Farmers Market times.  Details to come soon.

Also, please don’t forget to put the next MVPD Food Truck Rodeo on your calendar for Saturday April 1, 2023. Our old favorites will be back along with some new ones.  More to come on this event.

On Wednesday evening I had the opportunity to visit with residents of Bunker Hill at a City Hall open house. Community safety was just one of many topics of discussion. One of the frequent questions was what crimes are we seeing the most in the Villages? Unfortunately, the answer does not change much, month to month. We continue to see burglaries from motor vehicles (primarily unlocked) and mail theft with the washing of checks as our biggest concern. The car burglaries are targeting more of our area contractors as of late during the day and unlocked parked cars during the night. Most of these can be avoided if the doors are just locked with valuables being removed or hidden from sight.  The stolen mail is a larger problem as we see mail stolen (outgoing) from home mailboxes and US Post Office mailboxes. A good way to help limit yourself from being a victim of this particular crime is to use electronic bill payment options such as paying on-line or auto payment. We continue to follow up on these types of crimes requesting videos from financial institutions of suspects and following up on all leads. When we do identify a suspect, many of the cases are consolidated with other cases involving the suspect and a plea agreement entered. Unfortunately, these types of crimes are not going away. Hopefully, the legislature will address this issue and take these crimes more seriously as they have extremely long-lasting effects on the victim’s credit, as these are NOTvictimless” crimes.

Don’t forget the Ferrari Club of Houston will hold their annual Groundhog Day Gathering and Drive this Sunday. There will be an impromptu car show here at the MVPD from 830 am – 930 am. The group will then cruise through the community as they leave for their extended ride.

The lobby of the MVPD currently has only limited access as we are undergoing major renovations in our dispatch center. Last year the board of police commissioners and city councils approved funding for the replacement of end-of life radio equipment. During the renovation we have moved dispatch operations upstairs to our conference room. The lobby is still open; however, visitors will need to pick up the phone in the lobby to speak with on-duty personnel. There are also cameras that record 24/7 so child exchanges can continue. The only difference being children cannot be left alone. Please remain with children until the exchange is completed. We are excited about the equipment upgrades and the ability to improve our service levels to the community.

Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz


Weekly Crime Report

Piney Point

1/27/23 at 1445 Hours. 300 Block of Piney Point. Mail Theft/Fraud. The victim reported that she received a call from a check cashing business about a check she had written that appeared to have been altered. The information provided did not coincide with the name of the original person to whom the check had been written out to. The victim then contacted her bank and found that the check was indeed changed. She had mailed the letter from her home mailbox in December. Both the name and amount had been altered. Information about the check, the check cashing business and her bank was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

1/28/23 at 1030 Hours. 2200 Block of Piney Point. Unlawful Use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle/Fugitive from Justice. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages. Officers were nearby and quickly located the vehicle and initialed a traffic stop. The female had exited the vehicle and entered a nearby business. Officers made contact with the female who produced a fake ID. Officers were able to contact the real person who stated that her ID had been stolen and was being used by an unknown female. Officers were able to identify the female and learned the female was found to have 2 outstanding warrants for arrest, one of which was for unlawful use of a stolen motor vehicle. The BMW the suspect was driving was confirmed as stolen. The 29-year-old female was booked into the Harris County Jail and the vehicle was recovered.

1/29/23 at 1645 Hours. 300 Block of Tynebridge Ln. Theft. The victim reported that he was recently informed that a check he had mailed last year had been washed and cashed by an unknown person.  The check had been stolen from the payee’s office (Houston) when their business mailbox was broken into.  Information about the check and cashing bank was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

Hunters Creek

1/30/23 at 1030 Hours. 600 Block of Shartle Circle. Identity Theft. The victim reported that he received information that he had an overdue account in collections. The victim was the victim of an identity theft case in 2021 and had placed a hold on his credit so he was surprised to learn of the unauthorized activity. A check on credit report showed the outstanding charge to be the rental of a home. The victim could not obtain additional information without a police report. Information was collected and provided to detectives who will be following up on the investigation to learn the location of the rental home.

1/31/23 at 1045 Hours. 1000 Block of River Bend. Theft. The victim reported that while away from his home on 1/29/23 he received notice from his video doorbell of activity near his front door. A review of the video showed a male suspect wearing shorts remove a package from his porch. A check of his purchase showed that a package had been delivered earlier.  A check of the area ALPR located a suspect’s vehicle. A review of license plate data showed it as a cancelled plate, as the vehicle had been sold but with the license plates still attached to the vehicle. Detectives have taken over the investigation.

1/31/23 at 1615 Hours. 10700 Block of Old Coach. Fraud. The victim reported that she had received notice of a check that she had written had been intercepted from the US Mail, washed and reissued to a person whom she does not know.  The bank did not cash the check. The information about the check and bank was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.   

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