Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, October 23, 2020
From the Office of the Chief of Police

As you will read below, this has been an unusually busy week for us here at the MVPD. Unfortunately, the fraud-cyber criminals have been very busy victimizing area residents and businesses. We had 4 additional Texas Workforce Commission fraud cases, several identity-theft cases, and some additional mail theft crimes all occur.  As the economy continues to struggle, I am afraid that these crimes are going to continue to be a problem. I am once again asking that everyone please retrieve your mail EVERY day from your mailboxes. Criminals can very quickly create fake accounts for everything from; false loans, insurance claims, credit cards to Unemployment claims. A few pieces of mail, along with a few minutes on a computer and these crooks are on their way to using your stolen identity, your good credit and your good reputation to their advantage. Also, continue to closely monitor your bank statements, credit reports and all financial records for any unusual activity. The quicker you intervene, the less damage they can cause.

In the meantime, we continue to issue subpoenas for records of IP addresses, fake account registrations and for banking information of where the money/funds are going.  We have established working relationships with fraud investigators from the various state and federal agencies and want to do whatever we can to hold these thieves accountable for their actions.

Less than 2 weeks and the 2020 election cycle will finally be over. Early voting continues at the First Congregational Church located at 10840 Beinhorn. We are expecting a heavy turnout this weekend so if you are out in the area, please use extra caution.

Since last week’s V-LINC was extra-long, I’m going to end this week’s report here. Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz rschultz@mvpdtx.org 

Weekly Crime Report

Bunker Hill

10/16/20 at 1645 Hours. 300 Block of Folwell. Burglary of a Vehicle. Officers were dispatched to the area in reference to the Burglary of a Motor Vehicle that had just occurred. Upon speaking to the victim, officers learned that the victim had just left the bank located at Echo and I-10 with a quantity of cash. The victim had drove to this location to pay contractors working on a job site.  The check of the ALPR system located the victim’s vehicle being followed by a black Ford SUV. The same vehicle followed the victim to the location of the burglary passing multiple ALPR cameras and was then located leaving the villages minutes after the crime occurred. A check of the license plate showed the vehicle to be a rental car. Detectives have contacted the rental car company and have identified the renter. MVPD detectives are following up on the investigation. The license plate of the suspect’s vehicle has been entered into the ALPR system for alert should it return to the Villages.  

Piney Point

10/17/20 at 1915 Hours. 11600 Block of Arrowwood. Unlawful Use of a Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were conducting a directed operation monitoring the area for suspicious temporary license plate tags on vehicles. Officers observed the vehicle with a paper tag that appeared to be fraudulent and initiated a traffic stop to investigate. A check of the VIN number on the vehicle showed the vehicle to be a stolen vehicle out of Houston. The suspect driving the vehicle attempted to show officers a rental agreement for the vehicle. The rental agreement was also found to be fraudulent. Officers were able to determine that the vehicle had been stolen from a dealership back in February. The vehicle was recovered, and the 29-year-old male suspect was booked into the Harris County Jail.

10/22/20 at 1445 Hours. 1 – 100 Block of Wexford. Identity Theft/Fraud. The victim reported receiving an alert from her bank monitoring app for two purchases of computer equipment. And then soon afterwards, a call from a computer company asking for verification of the order for equipment that she did not make or authorize. The order was being charged to her credit card. The victim denied the order. Information about the incident was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. 

Hunters Creek

10/18/20 at 1045 Hours. 200 Block of Bryn Mawr. Identity Theft. The victim reported that a neighbor had located an open box laying outside with her address on it from AT&T. The victim had not ordered anything from AT&T. An inquiry into the company found that an unknown person had opened an account using the victim’s personal identifiers. The account was closed and information about the fake account was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.A package had been delivered to the victims home but was intercepted by the thieves.

10/20/20 at 2300 Hours. 900 Bingle Road. Unlawful Possession of a two deadly weapons (firearms). Officers initiated a traffic stop after observing a traffic violation. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers could detect the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Officers asked the occupants to exit the vehicle. Upon exiting the car, a passenger appeared to be extremely nervous and when asked why he was so nervous, he said because he had a gun hidden in his pants. Officers recovered a loaded pistol from the subject. Officers also located a second loaded handgun in the driver’s side door pocket along with baggies of marijuana. Both were placed under arrest. Both 20-year-old males were booked into the Harris County Jail.

10/21/20 at 0730 Hours. 400 Block of Hedwig. Mail Theft. Officers responded to the area after residents located various pieces of mail belonging to other area residents laying up and down the street on Hedwig Road. Open mail and open boxes were located. Officers contacted the homeowners and learned of the missing items from residents that had been delivered. It appears that overnight, unknown persons had taken mail and packages from mailboxes on nearby streets. An area ALPR captured license plate information of vehicles that had been in the area overnight. Detectives are following up on those vehicles. Streets involved include: Wilding, Wexford and Landon.

10/21/20 at 0830 Hours. 10900 Block of Long Shadows. Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The victim reported that upon going out to her vehicle this morning, she observed that unknown person(s) had rummaged through her vehicles overnight. The vehicles had been unlocked. A diaper bag and sunglasses were missing. Information about the burglaries was obtained and provided to detectives who are following up on the investigation.

10/21/20 at 1000 Hours. 200 Block of Voss. Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle being towed by an unmarked tow truck on Voss via the ALPR system. Officers were nearby and quickly located the tow truck and vehicle and initiated a traffic stop.  Officers were able to verify the vehicle being towed was an outstanding stolen vehicle. The suspects stated that they were taking the vehicle to a salvage lot for dismantling. Constables Office detectives responded to the location after being notified of the vehicle recovery. Detectives requested to take over the case as they had an on-going investigation into this particular auto-theft ring. Through investigation it was learned that the suspects had taken other stolen vehicles to a salvage yard for dismantling. A 30-year-old and a 56-year-old male suspect were turned over to the Constables. The tow truck and the stolen vehicle were both towed to a legitimate tow yard. Great job by MVPD staff.

10/21/20 at 1015 Hours. 900 Block of Voss. Failure to Identity Fugitive. Officers were dispatched to a single vehicle accident. Upon arrival to the scene, one of the subjects was on the phone telling someone that they had caused the accident while driving. When officers questioned the other person present, they claimed that they were the actual driver.  When questioned further they stated that a third party who had left the area was the driver. Neither subject had driver licenses. One of the subjects then provided a false name and DOB to the investigating officer.  That person was found to have an outstanding warrant for their arrest. The jail would not accept the subject for booking due to current COVID-19 protocols. Officers towed the vehicle and will obtain additional arrest warrants for the subjects as per the DA’s Office for concealing their identities and other charges.  

10/21/20 at 1700 Hours. 10800 Block of Briar Branch. Fraud. The victim reported that she was notified of fraudulent activity on her Amazon Account and charges to her bank for items that she had not ordered. Additional investigation located fraudulent Zelle transactions that the victim did not make or authorize. The accounts were frozen, and information was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. 

Texas Workforce Commission Fraud Cases

10/19/20 at 0845 Hours. 200 Block of Caruthers. Fraudulent application for unemployment using the victim’s personal information.

10/19/20 at 1900 Hours. 8400 Block of Hunters Creek Drive. Fraudulent application for unemployment using the victim’s personal information.

10/20/20 at 1600 Hours. 1-100 Block of Greyton Lane. Fraudulent application for unemployment using the victim’s personal information.

10/21/20 at 1500 Hours. 1 – 100 Block of Hampton Court. Fraudulent application for unemployment using the victim’s personal information.

 
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