Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, January 15, 2021
From the Office of the Chief of Police

I have received a few inquiries and also met with a resident this week in reference to concerns over the ever-increasing number of transients in the area. There has been a noticeable increase in sightings of people in the Bayou and walking along creek beds and ditches. Our officers continue to closely monitor these areas for illegal camp sites. When we come across a location within the jurisdiction of the Villages, we make contact with the individuals. Part of our contact is to offer assistance in connecting them with social services. We regularly provide them with information and direct them towards to proper resources. Campsites within the villages are removed due to lack of sanitation and for general safety purposes, and of course anyone on private property is always promptly removed. We continue to coordinate our efforts with the City of Houston for locations that are outside of our jurisdiction.

Over the next week or so our drone operators will be flying the bayous looking for any new hidden illegal campsites, so residents living along the bayou can expect to see one of our drones in the area. We have been in contact with village officials about specific areas where we have encountered transients and they are also addressing the issues with additional fencing and other landscaping changes to assist in restricting access to dangerous and unsafe areas. We will continue to work with City of Houston Officials and the property owners of the locations just outside of the Villages. Unfortunately, several of the individuals that we encounter suffer from mental illness and/or substance abuse issues. Many of the people state that they like to frequent this area because of the generosity of the residents. Please remember that monies given directly to some of these individuals may actually help support their addictions. The best way to help is to donate to recognized non-profit organizations that can offer assistance in the form of food, clothing, housing, medical and mental health counseling. 

This week we have also seen an increase in the number of door-to-door solicitors. Obviously, due to the COVID-19 pandemic there should be no soliciting occurring. We are dispatching officers to address incidents of solicitors and informing them of the ordinances as well as our concerns of any face to face contact. The larger annual National soliciting companies and non-profits have not been in the area this year, but smaller independent groups are out in the community. Please call us at 713-365-3700 to report any illegal soliciting.

With the limits on soliciting, there has also been an increase of illegal signs popping up in the middle of the night on medians and along right-of-ways. Our officers usually quickly remove these and will cite violators who are caught placing the signs.   With that, the elections were 2 months ago and there are still a few political signs on private property. If you have a political sign still up, please remove them as village ordinances do require signs to be removed after elections are completed. Thank you.

Scammers are always changing their tactics in order to try and con people out of their money. Please review a couple of the new emerging scam activity events that occurred this week in the weekly crime report posted below.

And one more reminder to our early morning joggers and walkers. If you are out before it gets light out (pre-7am), please wear reflective clothing or consider carrying a flashlight. This week we were notified of a close call as a walker stepped out in front of a car at a stop sign.  The driver was concerned as she stated she did not see the walker who was dressed in black and had started moving when the startled walker became angry. In any event, the driver wanted to apologize and asked if I would include her story in this week’s V-LINC.

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

Weekly Crime Report

Hunters Creek

1/9/21 at 0830 Hours. 10800 Block of Bridlewood. Fraud.  The victim reported that she recently made an inquiry into her cable bill with her provider. Soon after her inquiry she received a call from what appeared to be the same cable company. The caller knew all of the victims account information and appeared legitimate.  The person requested an upfront payment in order to receive the discount. The victim provided the payment and soon learned it was a fraud. The victim called back the number provided by the suspect. When he was called back, he said to complain to Billing and hung-up on the caller. Information about the scam and the associated phone number was obtained and provided to detectives who are following up on the incident.

1/14/21 at 1100 Hours. 200 Block of Voss. ALPR Hit.  Officers began receiving multiple hits of a stolen vehicle traveling throughout Hunters Creek and Hedwig Villages. The vehicle could be seen with a lawn mower in the rear bed of the truck. Officers were able to locate the truck and initiate a traffic stop on Voss. Officers were able to determine the owner was driving the truck that was still confirmed as stolen. The victim had picked up his truck after being notified by a tow yard of it being towed from a private property business in North Houston. The victim didn’t realize that it was still listed as stolen and that the Sheriff’s Office needed to be contacted. MVPD assisted in removing the vehicle from the state database and released the owner with his vehicle.

1/13/21 at 1430 Hours. 10000 Block of Kempwood. Fraud. The victim reported that he was contacted by someone whom he believed was from CenterPoint about an overdue electric bill and that immediate payment was due. The victim stated that he could pay via check or credit card but was told that he needed to make an on-site cash payment at an ATM type machine due to the lateness. The victim was directed to a machine at a nearby Randall’s where he deposited funds. He then contacted the caller who asked for the receipt number which he provided. Soon afterwards, he received an additional call requesting additional funds in order to ensure that his service would not be disrupted. The victim then realized that the machine was a Bit Coin machine and he had been defrauded when he had provided the receipt number. Detectives have taken over the investigation of this newer type of fraud scam.

Piney Point

1/10/21 at 1530 Hours. 200 Block of Heritage Oaks. Theft.  The victim reported that she received notice and observed a package being delivered at her residence on her Video Doorbell App. Approximately 10 minutes later a second notification showed a Hispanic male walk up to her porch and remove the package before leaving in a silver sedan. Officers located the silver Chevrolet Malibu on a nearby ALPR camera and obtained a license plate. The plate has been entered into the ALPR system as a wanted vehicle. A subsequent search on the temporary license plate shows it traveling throughout the area just prior to the theft. The suspect vehicle is a silver Chevrolet Malibu without hubcaps. The vehicle has a dented rear door and the gas cap door is bent outwards. The vehicle was displaying a temporary tag of #88525H9. Detectives are currently looking for the registered owner.

1/11/21 at 1530 Hours. 2200 Block of S. Piney Point Road. Unlawful Use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were notified of a stolen vehicle entering the Villages on Voss Road.  Subsequent hits showed the vehicle turn onto Memorial and then onto Piney Point Road.  Officers located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle was confirmed as stolen.  The suspect stated that he was borrowing the vehicle from a guy named “Geo” that he met up on Highway 290 near Tidwell.  The 23-year-old male was booked into the Harris County Jail and the vehicle towed at the request of the victim. 

Bunker Hill

1/11/21 at 1215 Hours. 200 Block of Plantation. Forgery.  The victim stated that he received notice from his bank about a large check being issued from his account. The victim did not recognize the check and upon further examination into his account found that 2 checks that he had written and mailed had been stolen and forged.  The checks had been mailed at a mailbox located at Lantern Lane and Memorial Drive. The checks had been cashed at a Credit Union in Katy, Texas.  Information about the checks and the person cashing them was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. 

 
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