Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, January 22, 2021
From the Office of the Chief of Police

The ALPR system has been busy this week assisting officers in locating and recovering stolen vehicles driving in the Memorial Villages area. This week we recovered 3 vehicles. Looking beyond the stolen vehicle itself, we continue to see these vehicles and suspects to have links to other criminal activity. This week, one suspect had purchased the vehicle with a “Hot” check and had outstanding felony warrants, another stolen vehicle had 3 juveniles inside driving around at 3:15 am looking for a “girls” house, and the other had been involved in a home burglary in Lufkin.  Our dispatchers get all hits out to our officers within seconds, and our officers are locating the suspect vehicle(s) extremely quick. Great job by our team.

A review of our auto burglaries from 2020 showed that we had a total of 29 automobiles burglarized in the 3 villages. Of the 29, 23 had unlocked car doors. That comes out to being 79% of the burglaries that occurred. Many car burglars are out in the middle of the night pulling on door handles. Often these criminals are transients looking for easy scores and usually will not break out a window unless a valuable item is in plain view. They are pulling door handles in order to rummage through center consoles and glove boxes.  Please remember to lock all car doors every night including vehicles in driveways, behind closed gates and even in garages. Let’s not make it easy for these criminals. If they continue to have easy pickings, they will return. We prefer they don’t. Thank You.

Checking our residential burglaries for 2020 we had a total of 12 occur. Of those 3 were committed by the same group of criminals that were identified and arrested in a coordinated investigation with HPD. Another group of 7 cases were vacant/empty homes in a cluster over a 2-week period. We believe those were committed by a group of youths who were looking for alcohol. 2 of the other cases included open garages.  The area of the home attacked in a majority of all cases, was the rear door of the home. Things that you can do to help, is to install motion activated lighting near rear/back and side doors and to have video surveillance cameras that can see these areas along with all back-yard access points.  Please make sure that cameras are operational and recording.  Video surveillance when combined with our ALPR’s can provide strong leads for our detectives and the sooner we can access the video footage, the better.

There have been some cases where we needed to wait for a video service or security team to retrieve the video. Those delays can hamper our investigations and ultimately our ability to prosecute a suspect. This is a good time to check your security systems and adjust camera’s as necessary. Hopefully, we will not need to access them but if we do, let’s be able to get the best evidence possible and like they say, remember that a picture can be worth a million words.

Last week the Memorial Examiner featured a story on Hunter and Harrison Lee as they prepare to host the first-ever Memorial Villages Police Foundation “Birdies Fore Blues” Golf Tournament and Fundraiser. These two young men have been working hard on this effort over the past year and we are now only 30 days away. There is still room for golfers, but don’t wait too long. The boys have planned a great day of golf, fun and fellowship. You don’t have to be a pro, a semi-pro or even good. The golfing format will make everyone look good and have fun playing. Read more about the event on the attached flyer.

Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz

Bunker Hill

1/16/21 at 1930 Hours. 11900 Block of Cobblestone. Unlawful Use of a Fictitious License Plate. While on patrol officer observed a vehicle displaying a questionable license plate and stopped to investigate. A check through the state data base showed the temporary tag to be non-existent. Upon checking the plastic carrier holding the paper tag the officer located a second paper license plate, that tag too showed to be non-existent.  The plates appear to have been homemade. A check of the VIN number showed the vehicle had not been registered in Texas since 2015. The fraudulent paper tags were collected by the officer and the driver cited for the violations in lieu of arrest due to COVID-19 protocols. 

1/21/21 at 1330 Hours. 300 Block of Chapel Bell Ln. Burglary of a Residence. The victim reported that upon checking her unoccupied property she found that unknown persons had been inside and had removed items from the house. Items were taken from both the garage and house.  The home is currently vacant. Detectives were notified of the incident and have taken over the investigation.

Piney Point

1/18/21 at 1530 Hours. 300 Block of Blalock. Unlawful Use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the Villages on S. Piney Point Road. Officers were nearby and located the vehicle traveling on Blalock and initiated a traffic stop. Upon contacting the driver officers learned that the male had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest for aggravated assault.  The subject was also found to be in possession of multiple credit cards belonging to other people. The vehicle was found to have been purchased with a fraudulent check. The 25-year-old male suspect was placed under arrest and booked into the Harris County Jail. The vehicle was towed as per the request of the owner.

1/19/21 at 2230 Hours. 2000 Block of S. Piney Point Road. Unlawful use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the villages on S. Piney Point Road. Officers were nearby and located the vehicle traveling on the roadway and initiated a traffic stop. Through investigation officers learned that the vehicle had been loaned to an acquaintance who used the vehicle to commit a burglary and then did not return the vehicle. This crime occurred in Lufkin. The Harris County DA’s Office declined charges due to the jurisdiction of original crime.   Officers recovered and towed the stolen vehicle. Lufkin PD is following up on the burglary and stolen vehicle charges. The suspects were escorted out of the villages to await a ride.

1/21/21 at 0315 Hours. 11500 Block of Memorial Drive. Unlawful use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen motor vehicle hitting on multiple ALPR cameras throughout the villages. Officers located the vehicle traveling on Memorial Drive and initiated a traffic stop and detained 3 juveniles. The vehicle was confirmed as stolen out of Kansas. The 3 juveniles did not know who the vehicle belonged to other than someone named “Mary Jane” had lent it to someone who lent it to someone else. When asked what they were doing in the area they stated they were looking for a girl’s house. The DA’s office declined any charges at this time.  The vehicle was recovered and towed. The 3 youths were escorted to Westheimer where they were awaiting a ride. 

Fraudulently Obtaining Texas Workforce Unemployment Benefits / Identity Theft

1/19/21 Piney Point Village; 11500 Block of Dunsinane. Fraudulent claim using the victim’s personal identifiers.

1/20/21 Piney Point Village; 300 Piney Point Road.  Fraudulent claim using the victim’s personal identifiers.

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