Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Friday, October 30, 2020
From the Office of the Chief of Police

With tomorrow being Halloween I have been asked to resend the information about celebrating Halloween “Purple Pumpkin Style” so I am reposting from the 10/9/20 V-LINC.

Operation Purple Pumpkin. Many residents have been asking if they should participate in trick or treating this Halloween because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is a decision that each family will need to make on their own. One, do you want your children to participate in going door to door, trick or treating? and two, are you are going to hand out treats at your home? 

Obviously, anyone who is currently experiencing or has someone in the household with COVID-19 should not participate in activities or events. However, people wanting to either trick or treat or pass out candy should consider what is being described as Operation Purple Pumpkin Halloween.  The way Purple Pumpkin works is, households that are COVID-19 free decorate their home or porch with a purple pumpkin, purple lights or place a purple piece of paper or cloth on/over your door, porch light or mailbox.  This way trick or treaters know that your home is COVID-19 free and safe. Treats are then left on the front porch in a pail or bucket with a note to take one or two pieces of candy.  This way there is no face to face or close contact. All treats/candy should be in closed/sealed wrappers. Residents who want to see the children in their costumes can watch from the safety of their homes and enjoy the evening. So, if you want to participate in Halloween this year please consider having a Purple Pumpkin Halloween.

We will have officers on patrol throughout the villages during trick or treating times. If you are going out, please don’t forget to take a flashlight and use extra caution as darkness falls. Make sure that everyone is wearing a cloth/M95 mask and don’t forget to take some hand sanitizer.

Motorists are asked to slow down and to use extra caution especially on neighborhood streets that lack sidewalks and/or streetlights.

As the night continues, we will then change our emphasis to looking for Drunk Drivers. Halloween is one of nights each year that there seems to be an increase in DWI. Hopefully, the COVID-19 pandemic situation will keep things safe however, should someone try and chance it, we will be closely monitoring traffic and we will make arrests. A night in jail while wearing a costume is definitely a bad choice to make. If out at a party and drinking, consider a ride-share or a taxi. It is cheaper in the long run. 

Don’t forget that Saturday night/Sunday morning the clocks turn back an hour at 2 am. This is also the time of year when it is recommended that everyone check/test your smoke and CO detectors. It is best to test your detectors and change batteries. It only takes a few minutes and the fresh batteries are well worth the investment.

Tuesday is Election Day. A heavy voting turn-out is expected throughout Harris County all day and late into the evening. You can still early vote today (Friday) until 7pm, but after this evening you will need to vote in-person on Tuesday. Tuesday polling locations can be found at:

https://www.harrisvotes.com/Docs/VotingInfo/PollingLocations_en-US.pdf 

We will have extra officers working as we are expecting increased traffic around the voting locations.  Officers will have their cruise lights on for extra visibility.    

A special thanks to the Glastonbury Arms First Responder Foundation for feeding area police and fire personnel on Wednesday October 28, 2020 on First Responders Day. Emergency response personnel from the West Houston area were treated to made to order BBQ lunches. (Memorial Villages PD, Hedwig Village PD, Spring Valley PD, Village Fire, HPD, HPD CIT, HPD K-9, Harris County SO and Constables Pct.5) I had a stuffed BBQ baked potato that was unbelievable. It was so good that I had to run an extra mile on Thursday to compensate for the sour cream and butter. While we were outside eating under the sally-port, residents dropped off some extra deserts and chocolates that topped off the day perfectly. Again, thanks for the continued support throughout the year.

We recovered our 50th stolen vehicle this year. The recovered vehicle was a 2018 Jeep Renegade that was located on the Katy Freeway service road by Sergeant Nowlin of the night-shift. We also hit the $1,000,00 mark in recovered value of stolen vehicles in 2020 this week with the recovery of another 2018 Jeep Renegade. This one was found by Officer Taylor also on night-shift but on the other team. So, it looks like both night teams will get a meal out of us soon for their hard work on nailing these criminals and for recovering these latest stolen vehicles.  We currently stand at 75 recovered vehicles (since project inception), with a total value of $1, 477,300. Our most recent recovered stolen van also contained two stolen cash registers from a burglary that had been committed somewhere in Harris County. Read more about that case below.

Tomorrow should be a great day to hit the Farmers Market. A nice cool and crisp morning will start the day. Strolling around with a cup of coffee and a breakfast taco should guarantee a great weekend. The market opens at 9 am 10840 Beinhorn Road.

Have a safe Halloween. Chief Ray Schultz rschultz@mvpdtx.org

 

Weekly Crime Report

Piney Point

10/26/20 at 0915 Hours. 1-100 Block of Smithdale Estates. Fraud. The victim reported that she had applied for a job using a nationally known on-line recruiter. She was told that she was awarded the job and received a paycheck in advance that appeared suspicious. An inquiry into the company found that it was a fraud and did not exist. The check was also not real. Information was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up investigation.

10/26/20 at 1545 Hours. 600 Block of Blalock. Recovered stolen license plate. Officers were alerted to a vehicle displaying a stolen license plate traveling on Blalock Road. Officers were nearby and located the black Lincoln Navigator displaying the tag and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle was found to not be stolen and was being driven by a used auto sales employee who was using a copy of a stolen paper license tag. The fake/stolen tag was confiscated by the officer the driver was issued multiple citations and a court appearance.

Hunters Creek

10/26/20 at 2245 Hours. 2245 Hours. 200 Block of Voss. Recovered Stolen Motor Vehicle/Possession of Methamphetamine. Officers were alerted to a stolen Jeep entering the Villages on Voss and quickly located and stopped the vehicle. The female driver claimed that she had been loaned the vehicle by a body shop as her vehicle was being fixed, however the female did not know the name of the shop or where it was located. Officers also found her to be in possession of methamphetamine. The 40-year-old female was placed under arrest and booked into the Harris County Jail. The vehicle was released to the owner who responded to the location.

10/28/20 at 1315 Hours. 300 Block of Timberwild. Identity Theft.  The victim reported receiving notices of new credit accounts being opened in his name. Upon investigating, he located 6 new accounts that he did not authorize or make. One account already had an outstanding balance. The accounts were all closed. Information was gathered for detectives who are following up on the case. 

Bunker Hill

10/27/20 at 2145 Hours. 11700 Block of Taylorcrest. Unlawful Possession of Motor Vehicle. Officers were alerted to a stolen Vehicle entering the Villages on Echo Road and were in the area when they observed the vehicle cutting through a parking lot near Gaylord. As officers attempted to stop the vehicle it attempted to elude officers traveling south on Echo. The vehicle then turned onto a side street where the driver bailed out of the moving vehicle. The vehicle stopped upon hitting a curb. Officer pursued the driver on foot however lost him after he jumped several fences.   Inside of the stolen van officers located gloves, tools and 2 stolen cash registers that had been pried open.  Detectives were notified and have taken over the investigation. The driver is not in custody at this time. He was described as a male wearing a dark hoodie, dark pants with white shoes. Note: fingerprints were recovered and are awaiting comparison.

Texas Workforce Commission Fraud Cases

10/24/20 at 0815 Hours. 600 Block of Hedwig. Fraudulent application for unemployment using the victim’s personal information.

10/27/20 at 1645 Hours. 600 Block of Pifer. Fraudulent application for unemployment using the victim’s personal information.

Small Business Association Fraud Cases

10/23/20 at 1615 Hours. 700 Block of Country Lane. Fraudulent loan for an SBA, Cares Act Loan using the victim’s personal information.

10/28/20 at 1045 Hours. 700 Block of Voss. Fraudulent loan for an SBA, Cares Act Loan using the victim’s personal information.

 
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