Thanks to everyone who has sent additional information
about the recent theft of mail and the washing of checks that has occurred across
the area. It appears that besides the specific mailboxes that we have been
listing in our V-linc emails, that this particular crime spree is much more
expansive and includes most of the Houston metropolitan area. Detective
Rodriguez was featured on a local news story this past week where he discussed
the scope of this current pandemic of fraud cases.
A resident was closely monitoring his bank statements
this week and located a check of his that had been stolen and altered. Until
the current crime spree can be curtailed, we suggest that everyone should
continue to closely monitor your bank accounts and specifically to verify the
amount of checks that are clearing or
being posted to your accounts. Double check that the amount of the check
is the same as you originally wrote it for. Any check for a differing amount is
an early warning that you may be a victim of fraud.
Only 2 weeks until the inaugural “Birdies Fore Blues”
Golf Tournament. Everyone who has registered for the event is asked to check
your emails for tournament information and team formation. We are excited about
tournament play that will include students from Memorial High School. Each Team
will have a student playing as one of the 4-person team members. The event is
quickly approaching being sold-out, but I am hearing that there are still a few
spots left. Contact the event co-chairs (Hunter or Harrison Lee) for any late
Tomorrow there is a Ferrari Car Club Event occurring
that will include about 40 collector vehicles passing through the Villages.
Anyone out walking, cycling or jogging in the morning may see these classic
cars as they pass through as part of their annual Groundhog Day rally and
Officers located and recovered 2 more stolen vehicles
this week in the villages. I know that everyone would be surprised to learn
that one of the suspects arrested, who was driving a stolen car, also had an
outstanding warrant for his arrest. Any guesses what his warrant was for? Yup, Auto Theft. My guess is that he was
driving in the area for some nefarious reason and was most likely up to no
good. In any event, he was taken into
custody and the stolen vehicle recovered. We ended up the month of January
recovering 8 stolen vehicles with a total value of $143,000. As always, a great
job by our team in quickly locating and stopping these bad actors.
Tomorrow looks like it is going to be a great day with
temperatures approaching 70 degrees. Don’t forget about the Farmers Market open
from 9am – 1pm, at the First Congressional Church of Houston located at 10840
Beinhorn. Due to the Covid-19 limitations the market continues to work as an
outdoor market with no food prepared on-site and no drinks. However, the
selections remain vast and purchases help support local growers and vendors.
Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Crime Report
1/29/21 at 1645 Hours. 900 Block of Brogden. Unlawful
Use of a Motor Vehicle/Felony Warrant. Officers were alerted to a stolen motor
vehicle entering the villages on Voss from I-10 and then a subsequent alert on
Beinhorn Road. Officers were heading into the area and quickly located the
vehicle on Brogden and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. Upon contacting
the driver, he stated that he had borrowed the vehicle from his cousin. The vehicle was confirmed as stolen. A check
of the driver also found that he had an outstanding felony warrant for his
arrest for previous Auto Thefts. The
27-year-old male was placed under arrest and booked into the Harris County Jail
and the vehicle was towed.
2/1/21 at 1530 Hours. 8400 Block of Katy Freeway.
Possession of a Controlled Substance/Felony Warrant. Officers were dispatched
to the area in reference to a suspicious subject in a vehicle watching
customers. Officers located a subject
inside of a vehicle parked in the parking lot.
The male was found to be in possession of a Controlled Substance and to
also have an outstanding felony Warrant for Credit Card Abuse. The 34-year-old
male was placed under arrest and booked into the Harris County Jail.
2/3/21 at 2315 Hours. 900 Block of Voss. Towed
vehicle. Officers were dispatched to the
area in reference to a stalled vehicle in the roadway. Upon arrival officers
made contact with the driver who stated the vehicle was disabled. The driver
refused a tow truck. The driver was unable to contact anyone who could assist
him. The driver was found to have a restraining order out against him which
prohibited him from contacting his family. Due to the driver being
uncooperative and unable to move the vehicle, officers had the vehicle towed
from the roadway for safety purposes.
1/30/21 at 1215 Hours. 11900 Block of Mcleods. Theft
of Mail. The victim reported that mail
that she had been expecting had not arrived nor has any mail at all in the past
week. Information was obtained and detectives are checking with postal
authorities to determine what the status of mail to the address is.
1/31/21 at 0730 Hours. 11700 Block of Country Way.
Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle
entering the villages at Briar Forest and Memorial, soon afterwards a second
alert showed the vehicle to be traveling north on Bunker Hill Road from
Memorial. Officers were nearby and located the vehicle at Green Bay and Bunker
Hill. The vehicle quickly sped away from
officers going down Green Bay to Coachman and then driving across residential
lawns in order to elude officers. Minutes later officers located the abandoned
vehicle on County Way. Officers searched the area however, the occupants were
not located. Inside of the vehicle officers located a laptop computer that
belonged to a school district in south Houston. The vehicle had been stolen
from an area north of I-10. Detectives have recovered pictures off of the
laptop and are following up with the ISD PD as the pictures appear to be of
students. The stolen vehicle was recovered, and detectives have taken over the
2/3/21 at 0830 Hours. 300 Block of Belin Manor.
Fraud/Threats. The victim reported that they were selling an item on social
media and thought that a person wanted to buy the item. The buyer sent a money order that was
“accidently” made out for $2000 more than the price of the item and wanted the
seller to send him back the extra funds. The victim realized this was a fraud
and did not send any monies. Since that date the buyer has been sending
threatening text messages to harm the victim.
Officers checked the phone number associated with the suspect and found
it to be a spoofed number, a check with the Bank that issued the money order
found that the real money order had already been cashed and cleared for a
different amount and the one in question for this transaction was a fake. It
appears that this fraud is being initiated out of California. Detectives have
taken over the investigation. The victims’ home has been placed on a
close-watch patrol due to the threats.
2/2/21 at 0730 Hours. 11500 Block of Raintree.
Forgery. The victim reported that upon
reviewing his bank statement he located a check made out for a large sum of
money pending processing. The victim knew that he had not written any large
checks and investigated further and found that a check that he had written to pay
a monthly bill had been intercepted, washed and reissued to a person whom he
did not know and for a large amount of money.
The check in question had been placed in the US Mail. Information about
the check and the payee was obtained and provided to detectives for their
follow up investigation.
Texas Workforce Commission and/or Small Business
Association Fraud Cases
2/4/21 at 1000 Hours. 200 Block of Bryn Mawr Cir.
Fraud. Victim received notice of an SBA Loan that had been opened utilizing the
victim’s personal information and identifiers.