Good morning and welcome to this special Saturday
morning edition of V-LINC. We didn’t want to disturb your Christmas Day with a
V-LINC, so we decided to push it back a day. Yesterday on Christmas our
officers and dispatchers worked ensuring the safety of the community. Besides
their regular duties of house checks and responding to regular calls for
service they were successful in providing a visitor from California an extra
Merry Christmas by recovering his stolen car. The vehicle was recovered as it
was being driven through the villages by the criminal who had stolen it from
him. In this case the “Grinch” was treated to a Harris County Jail Christmas
Dinner compliments of the MVPD. Read more below about this "unusual"
Today we know that many people will be venturing out
to return unwanted or not needed gifts. This is also a day where criminals try
to take advantage of the Holiday Season by using the unwanted gift card scam.
This is where the suspect approaches the victim usually in a parking lot or
posts on-line that they have an unwanted gift card and offer to sell it for a
reduced rate of the card balance. They
can make the card appear to have a valid balance, so the scam looks real. After
you pay for the card, they then either swap out the card for a zero-balance
card or transfer the money off the card via an on-line transaction before you
can use it. Please beware of these unsolicited offers as many of them are frauds.
This past week you all have once again out done
yourselves in taking care of our team here at the Police Department. Your
generosity has been much appreciated by everyone. Yesterday morning as our
dayshift team arrived for duty, they were even treated to warm donuts that the
son of one of our officers had dropped off for his dad and his team who was
working. Again, thank you for thinking of our officers and dispatchers.
Have a great and safe weekend as we wrap up the end of
2020. Please don’t forget to continue and follow all COVID-19 protocols.
Practice social distancing, wear facial coverings and practice frequent hand
washing and disinfecting. All of us here at the MVPD wish that 2021 is a happy
and healthy year for everyone.
Chief Ray Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Crime Report
12/18/20 at 1345 Hours. 11900 Block of Heritage Lane.
Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The victim was servicing an area pool and while in
the backyard of the home a subject in a Black Ford F-150 pickup truck pulled up
and parked nearby. The subject then went
and entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and took cash and a check before
fleeing in the Ford truck. A check of area surveillance footage shows the black
Ford pickup truck with tinted windows, a lowered tailgate and no front license
plate belonging to the suspect driving in the area. A check of the ALPR system
did not locate the suspect vehicle. Information about the theft was collected
and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
12/19/20 at 0730 Hours. 11900 Block of Arbordale.
Criminal Mischief. The victim awoke to find a rear window broken out on a rear
door of his vehicle that was parked inside of his garage. Nothing appears to be
missing at this time. A report was generated and forwarded to detectives for
their follow up investigation.
12/25/20 at 1615 Hours. 11900 Block of Steppingstone.
Fraud/Mail Theft. The victim reported that upon examining his checking account
balance he found the account to show a different balance. Closer examination
showed a check issued for $300 dollars had been intercepted and changed to an
amount of over $8000 dollars and to a person whom the victim did not know. The
check had been mailed at a mailbox in the area of Town and Country Shopping
Center. Information about the check was obtained and forwarded to detectives
for their follow up investigation.
12/18/20 at 2245 Hours. San Felipe and Kinkaid School
Road. Eluding Arrest. While on patrol officers located a suspicious vehicle
driving in area neighborhoods. Upon attempting to initiate a traffic stop, the
vehicle fled from officers in an attempt to get away. Upon approaching the area
of Voss and San Felipe the doors opened and 3 subjects started to run from the
vehicle. Traffic cleared and 2 subjects then reentered the vehicle and it fled,
a lone female then ran towards the Shell station where she was taken into
custody. The female claimed that she had been in what she thought was an Uber
ride and did not know the other occupants. The 19-year-old female was booked
into the Harris County Jail. The vehicle that fled was not located.
12/21/20 at 0700 Hours. 500 Block of Lanecrest. Theft
of Vehicle Parts. The victim awoke on this date to find that the wheels and
tires had been removed from his truck during the night. The vehicle had been
placed on landscaping blocks from a nearby flowerbed. The area was checked
however, no video coverage could be located. Detectives were notified and have
taken over the investigation.
12/21/20 at 0930 Hours. 11200 Block of Tynewood.
Credit Card Abuse. The victim reported that upon examining his credit card
statement he located several charges that he did not make or authorize. The victim did not know where his credit card
had been compromised as he possesses the card. The charges began on 12/11/20
and had possibly been skimmed. The card was closed, and information obtained
and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.
12/19/20 at 1615 Hours. 8400 Block of Katy Freeway.
Suspicious Event. Officers responded to area after receiving an ALPR hit on a
vehicle with stolen license plates on a neighborhood ALPR. Upon arrival to the
area officers located the Infinity G35 sedan and initiated a traffic stop. The driver had just purchased the vehicle
from Facebook Marketplace and had all of the proper paperwork. The vehicle was
confirmed as not stolen just the license plates. The plates were collected by
officers and the owner instructed to properly register the vehicle. Officers
are following up attempting to locate the seller of the vehicle.
12/23/20 at 1615 Hours. 10900 Block of Pifer.
Forgery/Fraud. The victim reported that upon examining his bank statement he
found a check that he had not issued had been fraudulently made using his
account information and issued to a person whom he did not know. The victim
believes some of his outgoing mail was taken from a mailbox after he recently
mailed out some checks due to the number sequencing and fraudulently made.
Information was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up
12/25/20 at 1730 Hours. 200 Block of Voss. Unlawful
Use of a Motor Vehicle/Felony Arrest Warrant. Officers were alerted to a stolen
vehicle entering the Villages on Voss at Magnolia Bend. Officers were nearby
and located the vehicle traveling north towards I-10. MVPD and Spring Valley Officers
initiated a traffic stop and took a male suspect into custody. Officers learned
that the vehicle had been taken by a male suspect who was dressed as a female
when the owner had stopped to offer the “female” assistance. The victim
described a unique tattoo on the suspects hand that the male suspect had. The
male suspect also had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest out of
Harris County. The 24-year-old male was booked into the Harris County Jail. The
vehicle was returned to the owner.