Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, September 25, 2020
From the Office of the Chief of Police

Another storm come and gone. While we did get some rain, our storm sewers and drainage system worked as designed and caused minimal issues. Thanks to everyone who stayed off the roads on Tuesday. The light traffic helped avoid a rash of accidents and ensured quick responses to a few downed trees and power line issues.

Fraud and Identity Theft continue to be significant problems across the area. Please continue to be vigilant and closely monitor your credit and financial accounts. Regular if not daily account checks/reviews are recommended of credit card, checking and savings accounts. Many phone apps allow you to scan a dashboard review of account activity. Alerts can be set up on credit cards to send you a text alert of all charges at an amount that you can determine. Remember to protect passwords and PIN numbers and always have your cellphones password protected. And of most importance, retrieve your mail daily. Do not allow mail to remain in your mailbox overnight or to accumulate. Consider moving from paper to email bank statements if your financial institution offers that as an alternative.

This past week we officially entered the Fall season. Of course, fall means cooler temperatures and my favorite part, open windows. Every year we see an increase in the number of noise complaints in the fall and spring because we all want to enjoy the fresh air inside of our homes and of course sleeping with an open window is always a special treat. Please be kind to neighbors and respect quiet hours during the evenings, overnight and early mornings. The cold weather will be here all too soon.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and guidelines, there will not be a coordinated National Night Out Celebration this year. We are hoping to have a modified night-out event in the spring as we realize how important it is for neighbors to touch base with each other, exchange contact information and to discuss neighborhood business. In the meantime, continue to watch out for each other. Remember, you are our eyes and ears. Suspicious activity or unusual events can always be called into the MVPD at 713-365-3700. We will investigate.

Have a great weekend.

Chief Ray Schultz

Weekly Crime Report

Bunker Hill

9/20/20 at 0945 Hours. 10000 Block of Briar Forest. Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle entering the Villages on San Felipe at the Bayou. Officers were nearby and quickly located the stolen Volkswagen traveling west on Memorial Drive. Officers initiated a traffic stop on Briar Forest. The vehicle was occupied by 2 subjects. The vehicle was verified as stolen and the driver was taken into custody. Both the driver and passenger appeared to be under the influence. While conducting an inventory of the vehicle a bag was located in the front seat of the car. Inside of the bag was an assortment of drugs to include Methamphetamine.   Upon questioning the passenger, she stated that upon being stopped the male driver had asked her to "hide the bag from the cops". Both subjects were placed under arrest and booked into the Harris County Jail. The vehicle was recovered. The victim who was traveling from out of town, was located and contacted at an area hotel.

9/22/20 at 1330 Hours. 11800 Block of Bunker Hill Circle. Identity Theft/Fraud.  The victim reported that he received information (payment schedule) in the mail in reference to his new SBA Disaster Loan. The victim does not, and has not applied for a loan with the Small Business Association. Further inquiry showed that a loan had been approved and showed as outstanding. Unknown person(s) had obtained a loan using the victims personal identifiers, name and SSN. Information about the account was obtained and provided to detectives who will be working with SBA fraud investigators on the theft.

9/23/20 at 1300 Hours. 400 Block of Bunker Hill Road. Fraud. The victim reported that his employer had received a verification for COVID related unemployment benefits request for him.  The victim has not been laid off and continues employment. Unknown person(s) had used the victim’s personal identifiers in an attempt to obtain funds from the Texas Workforce Commission. Information about the application was obtained and provided to detectives.

Piney Point

9/21/20 at 1615 Hours. 10800 Block of Jaycee. Identity Theft. The victim reported that he received checks in the mail for the new account that he had opened. The problem was the victim did not open a new checking account. An inquiry to the Bank found that an unknown person had opened an account using the victims name and SSN.  The account was closed by the victim. No transactions had yet occurred.  Information was collected and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

Hunters Creek

9/20/20 at 1945 Hours. 10400 Block of Memorial Drive. Theft of a Firearm.  The victim reported that when he went to retrieve a firearm from his vehicle, he discovered it was missing. The victim had been to more than one location in the City of Houston prior to returning home. A closer inspection of the vehicle found that someone possibly attempted to steal the vehicle as wiring had been tampered with under the dash. Information about the businesses that the victim had been at were collected, along with the serial number of the firearm. Information was added to the stolen weapon database and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

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