Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, December 18, 2020
From the Office of the Chief of Police

Well, it is hard to believe but Christmas is only 7 days away. Last night we started our community Christmas celebrations with the Bunker Hill Annual Twinkle Light Parade. Thanks to everyone who bundled up and came out to enjoy the chilly evening. We saw plenty of residents along the route enjoying the evening with friends and family. We couldn’t see too many smiles but that was only because many people were wearing masks and for that we Thank You.  We also saw a lot more children along the route and that made it all very worthwhile for us. Hopefully by this time next year, the COVID pandemic will be a distant memory and we have an even bigger and better event.

There were plans to actually have 2 parades starting at both ends of the villages and then joining up and finishing the last portion of the parade together and ending at MDPC with a community celebration.  We couldn’t do that this year, but we are keeping our fingers crossed for 2021.

Anyone still needing last minute Christmas gift ideas, I have been told that we have “Stormy” comfort stuffed dogs still available.  You can stop by our dispatch center Saturday thru Tuesday. They are $20, with all proceeds going to the MVPD Foundation. They make great stocking stuffers and are exact replicas of the real Stormy, badge and all.

This has been a good week for our officers and a bad one for some criminals. The ALPR system continues to do its job by alerting officers of bad “operators” entering the villages when in a stolen or wanted vehicle. On Wednesday a group of 4 thieves were observed entering the villages on Voss. The group attempted to evade officers but quickly got caught up in traffic and then confused as they tried to navigate our unique roadway system. They decided to run on foot where 3 of the 4 were caught by MVPD and Hedwig Officers. The 3 quickly gave up their partner who had fled into the Bayou. The 3 were booked into the Harris County Jail on a sundry of charges and a warrant should be coming for the one who thinks he got away. The recovered vehicle was towed, and the happy owner notified of the vehicle’s safe location. 

Several residents have received concerning robo-calls this week and asked that I share their experience with you. The call asks are you there? As soon as you say “yes” the call ends. The residents are worried that the yes response may be used as a means to charge unwanted goods and/or services against you. Some of the calls are coming from foreign area codes. Please remain vigilant and use your caller ID to assist in screening calls. Remember that area codes starting with a zero are going to be foreign. If you do answer the phone, do not answer with a “yes” and instead say something like Hello, who is this?   A repeated, are you there? or can you hear me? From an automated call maybe a sign of a scammer attempting to elicit a “yes” response. If in doubt, simply hang up.

A recent report from an Insurance Industry Organization found that Houston was near the bottom in its ranking of Safe Cities in Texas, However, Memorial Villages which of course is right in the middle of the Houston Metro-plex was the 7th safest mid-size city in Texas. The ranking is based on violent and property crime data. The fact that we are in the top 10 of the safest cities while surrounded by Houston is a positive reflection of our officers, dispatchers and detectives. Of course, we have almost non-existent violent crimes.

If it had not been for our increasing number of Identity Thefts and Fraudulent Texas Workforce Unemployment Claims we would have been even higher in the rankings. No need to fret, as we are working hard on those cases too.  We continue to have successes with our ALPR system in making arrests and in identifying promising leads. However, we also need your help to keep the criminals away from the villages, so please:

Continue to promptly remove deliveries, packages and dry cleaning from porches.

Never leave mail in mailboxes overnight, collect mail daily.

Always lock car doors, including when parked in your driveway or garage.

Activate alarms and video systems every time you leave your home.

Place your home on the house watch list when you are away from home for several days or more.

And most important – Always call in suspicious situations, people and vehicles.

We are committed to continuing our efforts to provide a safe community for our residents and visitors alike. Two years ago, we were in the number one position for safest cities in Texas. Our Goal is to reclaim that position!

And finally, continued thanks to everyone for the continued holiday treats and goodies. Our roll-call room tables are full of healthy snacks, along with some not so healthy ones too.

Please make sure that if you are leaving for the holidays to add your home to the house watch list. You can add it either on-line on our webpage or give us a call at 713-365-3700. Remember, this number is for residents of Bunker Hill, Piney Point and Hunters Creek only.

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

 

Weekly Crime Report

Hunters Creek

12/11/20 at 1130 Hours. 1100 Block of River Bend. Forgery/Fraud. The victim had been previously notified by her bank of an unknown person making an inquiry into her account. Because of this the victim had been closely monitoring her account and had discovered a large check being charged to her account. The victim had not written any large checks for this amount. Further inquiry found that a check that she had written and mailed had been intercepted, washed and reissued to someone whom she did not know. The check had been processed through a US Navy FCU in Virginia. Information about the check and other details was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

12/16/20 at 1700 Hours. 500 Block of Voss. Unlawful Use of Stolen Motor Vehicle/Eluding. Officers were notified of a stolen vehicle entering the villages on Voss. An officer was nearby and quickly located the vehicle occupied by 4 males. As the officer attempted to stop the vehicle it failed to pull over and led officers on a short, low speed pursuit. The vehicle finally stopped on Saddlebrook where the 4 occupants fled on foot. MVPD and Hedwig Officers pursued the suspects on foot and took 3 into custody. Two 18-year-olds and a 20-year-old were booked into the Harris County Jail. The 4th suspect ran into the bayou and crossed into Houston. An arrest warrant is expected for his arrest. The stolen vehicle was recovered.

12/13/20 at 0415 Hours. 600 Block of Voss. Unlawful use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages on Voss Road. Officers were nearby and quickly located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Upon speaking with the driver, he was asked who the car belonged to. The driver stated that he had rented the car from a guy only known as “Little Joe”. HPD confirmed the vehicle was stolen. A subsequent search of the vehicle located methamphetamine and 4 other various types of pills.  The 31-year-old male was booked into the Harris County Jail and vehicle towed.

12/17/20 at 1645 Hours. 1-100 Block of Magnolia Bend. Criminal Mischief. Officers responded to the location in reference to damage to private property. Upon arrival officers determined that there is a property line dispute that includes landscaping. The incident is being referred to village officials for resolution.

12/17/20 at 1800 Hours. 600 Block of Voss. Attempted Suicide. Officers were dispatched to the area in reference to a male subject running in front of vehicles in traffic.  Upon arrival officers located the male who ran from officers. Officers attempted to stop the subject who was running in traffic and refusing to obey officers. A taser was deployed that successfully stopped the suspect.  The male was found to be in a mental health crisis and stated he was trying to commit suicide. The 36-year-old male was transported to Ben Taub hospital for a mental health assessment.

Piney Point

12/11/20 at 1200 Hours. 11200 Block of Claymore. Identity Theft.  The victim reported that she received notice of an overdue utility bill related to a property that she does not own or rent. Further investigation found that an account had been opened using the victim’s personal information. Information about the utility account, property address and other details were collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

12/12/20 at 1530 Hours. 11300 Block of Bothwell. Identity Theft/Fraud.  The victim reported that he received notice of a new cell phone account that he did not open or authorize. Further investigation found that an account had been opened using the victim’s personal information. Information about the account, phone number and other details were collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

12/17/20 at 1400 Hours. 11300 Block of Williamsburg. Identity Theft. The victim reported that he has received notice of 6 different credit cards being opened that he did not make or authorize. The accounts were closed by the victim. Information about the accounts was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

12/17/20 at 1600 Hours. 300 Block of Piney Point. Telephone Harassment.  The victim stated that his family have been receiving threatening text messages. Information about the messages and sending phone number was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. The home was placed on a house watch.

Bunker Hill

12/15/20 at 1100 Hours. 11900 Block of Memorial Drive. Unlawful Use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were notified of a stolen vehicle entering the villages that had been taken in a car-jacking traveling on Memorial. Officers located the vehicle as it was passing the police station. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle that initially fled and failed to stop. After approximately ½ mile the vehicle stopped, and the 2 occupants fled on foot. Both were quickly apprehended. The two males (ages 22 and 23) were booked into the Harris County Jail. The vehicle was recovered and towed.

Texas Workforce Commission Fraud Cases

12/14/20 at 1500 Hours. 1 - 100 Block of Williamsburg. Officers were notified of a fraudulent application for unemployment using the victim’s personal information with the Texas Workforce Commission. Detectives have been notified and are investigating with TWC investigators.

12/17/20 at 0800 Hours 300 Block of Chapel Bell. Officers were notified of a fraudulent application for unemployment using the victim’s personal information with the Texas Workforce Commission. Detectives have been notified and are investigating with TWC investigators.

Small Business Association CARES Act - Fraud Cases

12/11/20 at 1600 Hours. 11700 Block of Brandon Way. Officers were notified of an SBA Cares Loan that had been opened using the victims personal identifiers and information. Information about the account were obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

 
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