We made it through our first week, post “The Great
Winter Storm of 2021”. There have been a few additional cases of broken pipes
but for the most part the breaking part is over. Unfortunately, the recovery
part is going to take quite a while. I also think we will discover some
additional damage as sprinkler systems are recharged along with pool pumps and
filters being brought back on-line.
I know many of us are keeping our fingers crossed as
we closely watch our landscaping. Many bushes and trees are dropping leaves and
are browning. The good news is most of
the browning is from the leaves having frost bite or frost burned. Many of the
trees and bushes should come back, albeit they may need a good pruning.
Tropical plants and annuals unfortunately may not make it. It might be too
early to know yet for sure, so it is probably best to continue to closely watch
plants and trees before tearing them out.
This week we have seen an increase in solicitors in
the area trying to take advantage of the situation. We continue to contact any
solicitor(s) and inform them of the registration and licensing process and
about our no soliciting ordinance. About 80% of the homes are currently on the
No Soliciting List. And due to the COVID-19 concerns, we have not even seen any
applications for Soliciting. Please notify us should any solicitors come to
your home and we will investigate and educate them on the ordinance. Call us at
This past Tuesday was Officer Lerma’s last day with
the Memorial Villages Police Department. Frank retired for the second time (his
first retirement was from HPD). At Franks last official duty assignment, he
finished the evening working the Hunters Creek City Council meeting. Mayor
Pappas gave Frank an official village proclamation and declared Tuesday
February 23, 2021 as Officer Frank Lerma Day. Over the past 7 years, Frank was
the departments Community Services Officer. As part of Frank’s duties, he
welcomed hundreds of new residents to the Villages, conducted hundreds of home
security surveys and helped mediate dozens of neighborhood disputes and
disagreements. Franks calm demeanor helped provide direction towards an
equitable resolution for most of the issues.
Besides the many “other duties as assigned”
assignments, Frank has also been the President of the Memorial Villages Police
Foundation for the past several years. Frank helped build the Foundation and
contributed to several department philanthropic projects such as organizing 2
trips with supplies and monetary donations to first responders in Louisiana who
had suffered losses due to hurricanes. Frank was also the emcee for our annual
Christmas Party and other department get-togethers. His quick wit and sense of
humor kept everyone on their toes. We all wish Frank the best of luck in the
next chapter of his life.
With Frank leaving us, that created an opening for a
new Community Relations Officer. We conducted a selection process, and I am
proud to announce that Officer Larry Boggus was ultimately selected to take
Franks place. Officer Boggus has been
with the department for 6 years coming from the Metro Police Department. Larry
has worked patrol his entire tenure with the MVPD. Larry is always present at
all department functions and he is also our head pilot and coordinator for our
Drone Program. Larry is looking forward
to his new assignment.
He is available to conduct home security survey’s,
help with V-linc email accounts, or the mobile app, or anything else. Larry has
been working on the area homeless camps and coordination of services with the
City of Houston. He will continue in that effort, to get that population
connected to services and hopefully into a shelter and/or program.
Birdies Fore Blues – Just as a reminder for everyone
who signed up for the “Birdies Fore Blues” Golf Tournament, that the
rescheduled event is this Tuesday March 2, 2021. Golfers should plan on
arriving at, the Clubs at Houston Oaks Golf Course at 11:30 am for
registration, warm-up and a putting contest. Lunch will be provided at the Golf
Carts at 12:30 pm and we will have a 1pm Shotgun Start. Hunter and Harrison Lee have been working
tirelessly on putting together a world-class golf tournament. The student
athletes from Memorial High School are eager to play, as are our first
responders. We will let you know how
everyone fared in next week’s V-Linc.
Mail Thieves – Unfortunately, there are mail thieves
still active throughout the Houston area. We are still waiting on the Warrant
for one of our most recent identified suspects.
Detectives are checking daily on the status of the arrest warrant on
him. They have also identified a new female check washing suspect. It looks
like they will be able to link her to 2 recent check washing cases. They have
subpoenaed bank records that should be the final nail in that case and once
again we will be obtaining a warrant for her arrest. Detectives are also making
progress on a case where one of our residents stolen identity was used to
obtain utility services for an apartment. The person who resides at the
apartment has also been identified as a victim, as they were duped by this
suspect. The good news is the walls are closing in as detectives have a good
lead on our offender in that case. More to come.
Stolen Cars keep “trying” to pass through – For anyone
keeping score, year-to-date we have recovered 14 stolen cars and trucks with a
value in excess of $250,000. Read about the latest one below in the Weekly
And finally, a special Thank You to the resident who
dropped off 2 extra-large Pizzas early this afternoon. This morning has been a
little hectic, and your timing was perfect. The same for the other treats
received this week, homemade cupcakes and the bag of beef jerky were enjoyed by
Scam Alert: Maybe it is just me as I am always very
suspicious but, I just returned from the shopping center at Bunker Hill and
I-10 after picking up an item for the department. Standing in the parking lot
was a male and female with a sign of how they had lost their job and have 3
kids. The male was playing an electric violin to music that was being played on
a boom-box. Well, it so happened that last Sunday near my home when I went
grocery shopping at the Kroger, there just happened to be a (different male and
female) in the parking lot with a sign of how they had lost their job and had 2
kids. Again, the male was playing an electric violin to music coming from a
boom box. At both locations I saw people stopping and/or walking up and giving
them money. I have pretty strong suspicion that this is a scam. Oh, by the way,
my wife and I gave the couple money last week? It may just be a coincidence
Have a great Weekend. Chief Ray Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Crime Report
2/19/21 at 1530 Hours. 500 Block of Pifer.
Fraudulently Obtaining Unemployment Benefits. The victim reported that his
employer had received notice of an application being filed on behalf of the
victim for unemployment benefits. The victim is not unemployed. Information about the application was obtained and
provided to detectives and the Texas Workforce Commission for their follow up
2/21/21 at 0900 Hours. 400 Block of Voss. Damage to
Property. The victim reported that while
driving on Voss an electrical transformer exploded causing parts of the casing
to fall striking and breaking the sunroof on his vehicle. Officers observed
evidence present at the scene that collaborated the sequence of events. A
report was taken.
2/22/21 at 1045 Hours. 200 Block of Bryn Mawr. Fraud.
The victim reported that she received notice from her bank of a new credit card
being opened and her address being changed. The victim did not open a new
account nor changed her address. The account was flagged and so far, no
activity has been detected. Information was obtained and provided to detectives
for their investigation.
2/21/21 at 2245 Hours. 400 Block of Blalock. Unlawful
Use of a Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the
villages on South Piney Point Road. Officers were nearby and quickly located
the vehicle traveling on Blalock Road and initiated a traffic stop. The suspect
stated that she was borrowing the vehicle from her boyfriend. Through investigation,
officers learned that the victim had met the unknown female suspect on-line and
invited her to his home. He had fallen asleep and upon waking up, found his
wallet and cell phone were gone and his vehicle to be missing. The victims
credit card was found on the suspect.
The 26-year-old female was booked into the Harris County Jail. The
vehicle was towed.
2/25/21 at 1145 Hours. 1-100 Block of Farnham Park.
Fraudulently Obtaining Unemployment Benefits. The victim reported receiving
notice of a fraudulent application for unemployment benefits using his personal
identifiers. Information about the application was obtained and provided to
detectives and the Texas Workforce Commission for their follow up
2/22/21 at 1700 Hours. 500 Block of Knipp. Burglary of
a Motor Vehicle. The victim is a contractor working at a home under
construction. Upon completing work for the day, the victim found that an
unknown person had entered his unlocked vehicle and removed his wallet from a door
pocket. Information was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up
investigation. Officers are checking the area for any video surveillance
2/24/21 at 1615 Hours. 11700 Block of Forest Glen.
Fraud by Deception. The victim reported that he had purchased a gift card from
an individual on E-bay. Upon receiving
the sealed item, the gift card was not present. The seller has not responded to
the victim. The transaction appears to be fraudulent. Information about the
sale was obtained and provided to the E-Bay fraud Division at their