On Wednesday, we celebrated Veterans Day here at the
MVPD. The Memorial Villages Police Foundation recognized our employees who have
served in the Military. They include:
Officer D. Bracht
Officer C. Schanmier
Officer R. Jarvis
Officer R. McElvany
Officer V. Cadena
Officer F. Lerma
Officer J. Burleson
Officer P. Torres
Sergeant L. Owens
Dispatcher A. Rose
We are fortunate to such a great team of officers and
dispatchers who continue to serve the community. Our thanks go out to them for
their valued service.
The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to cause issues and
concerns for people across the Country. The numbers of positive cases in Texas
continue to climb. Our dispatchers continue to request information from callers
about any COVID cases or illnesses within the home. We sincerely appreciate
everyone’s honesty and candor is providing accurate information when asked these
questions. While we receive a daily update of cases in the Villages from County
officials their lists are not always complete.
This week we had a request for service where the household was not on
the county list, but the resident informed us of the illness being within the
household. Our officers appreciate knowing this information so they can be
extra cautious while dealing with the issue at hand. We are committed to
continuing to provide prompt and effective services and we will always respond
to all life safety events no matter what the situation dictates. While we
continue to see area cases continue to rise, it is important that everyone
continues to follow the appropriate COVID-19 protocols. Masks are to be worn
when in public settings, social distancing should be adhered to when practical
and hands should be regularly washed. Frequently touched items, such as door
handles, knobs, light switches, etc.
should be disinfected.
Early Wednesday morning we had a visit by a Porch
Pirate who stole a package on Tealmeadow Drive. You can read more about that
crime below and view a picture of the suspect who we are looking for. With the
approaching holiday shopping season, combined with many more people using
on-line ordering and delivery services due to COVID-19, I am afraid that we are
going to see more of these types of crimes occurring. Please use available
tracking services that many on-line vendors have available to track your items
and then, as soon as they are delivered, get them removed from your front
porch. If you are not home, consider having packages delivered to your office
or to a relative or neighbor whom you know will be home to accept the
package(s). We will continue to closely monitor neighborhoods for unattended
packages and suspicious vehicles and people. Also, if you do not yet have a
video doorbell you many want to consider buying yourself an early Christmas
present. Video doorbells are a great deterrent to package thefts and other
criminal activities. They also assist detectives in determining the exact time
of a crime/incident and can often be used in conjunction with our ALPR system
to develop investigative leads for our detectives. Video doorbells allow you the opportunity to
monitor the front of your home around the clock and to remotely speak with
anyone who may approach your home.
Officer Frank Lerma who is our Community Relations Specialist,
recommends the use of Video Doorbells as part of his home security surveys and
assessments. Anyone with questions can email Frank at Flerma@mvpdtx.org
As always, we appreciate the continued support that we
receive from our residents. We continue to receive a weekly supply of
sandwiches from one of our neighborhood associations that officers and dispatchers
snack on throughout the week. On Thursday, a resident sent over a Honey Baked
Ham, Turkey and Fresh Salads along with healthy deserts. All of us here at the
MVPD sincerely appreciate you, our residents. We all consider ourselves very
fortunate to be working in such a considerate and giving community. Thank You
And finally. It has been a year in the making, but our
“Stormy” support dog, (exact replica) dolls have arrived. As you may remember,
back in 2017 after hurricane Harvey hit the Houston metro area, the MVPD
adopted a displaced dog who was found in the storm’s aftermath. The
beagle/hound/terrier mix was renamed “Stormy” and has been a part of the
department ever since. Stormy works 40-hours a week at the PD spending time in
dispatch and in the Chief’s Office. She regularly attends community events,
visits schools, DARE and RAD meetings. Stormy gets lots of attention whenever
she is in the building or out in the community. About a year ago, staff started
working on having Stormy cloned. Well after, several attempts, we finally were
able to get a doll made of Stormy. The stuffed Stormy comes with a PD dog tag,
and a special vest w/ MVPD patch. The Police Foundation is selling the Stormy
dolls for $20. The dolls are available at the MVPD Saturdays – Tuesdays between
7 am and 3 pm in the lobby. Supplies are limited. This Stormy is guaranteed to
not bark, make messes or have accidents inside of your home. (Picture attached)
Have a great weekend. Chief Ray Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Crime Report
11/6/20 at 2315 Hours. 100 Block of Haversham Dr.
Criminal Trespass/Damage to Property. Officers were dispatched to the area in
reference to a male subject breaking the glass out of the front door at a home.
Upon arrival officers learned that a party was occurring across the street and
a male subject who had been denied entry at the party had caused the damage at
the victim’s home. The location of the incident was determined to be in the
City of Houston. The Constables office was notified of the incident and MVPD
officers are assisting in the investigation.
11/7/20 at 1615 Hours. 11700 Block of Taylorcrest.
Identity Theft. The victim reported that he received notice from Life Lock of
activity against his credit. Upon further examination he located applications
for credit that had been initiated, that he did not authorize or initiate. The
activity appears to be originating in Keene, Texas. Information about the
accounts was obtained and provided to detectives for their follow up
investigation. A freeze was placed on the victims credit.
11/11/20 at 0300 Hours. 400 Block of Tealmeadow Ct.
Theft. The victim reported being alerted to activity at her front door via her
video doorbell. A review of video footage shows a female approach the door at
3am and to drag away a large package. (Picture attached). Officers collected a
copy of the video of the suspect and gathered information that has been
provided to detectives for their follow up investigation. Detectives are looking for additional video
footage and examining nearby ALPR data.
11/13/20 at 0345 Hours. Tara and Plantation.
Possession of a Stolen Firearm. While on routine patrol officers observed a
suspicious male on a bicycle riding in a neighborhood wearing all black
clothing, wearing a mask, and attempting to conceal a backpack from officers.
Upon being stopped by officers the subject attempted to conceal his identity.
When asked about the backpack the subject stated that he had just found it on
the sidewalk nearby. A search of the backpack located a loaded handgun and
several bottles of alcohol. The check of the firearm found the gun to be
stolen. The suspect kept changing his story about where he was coming from and
where he was going to. It appears that the items were taken in automobile burglaries.
The approximately 20-year old male suspect was booked into the Harris County
Jail on the possession of the stolen firearm charge. Other items recovered
included a stun gun. Detectives are following up on the arrest and a positive
identity of the suspect. All items were tagged into MVPD evidence.
11/10/20 at 2115 Hours. 10900 Block of Bridgewood.
Burglary of a Habitation. The victim reported that upon returning home after
being gone for several days that unknown person(s) had entered his home without
his permission. It appears that entry was gained through an unlocked rear door.
Nothing was missing or damaged inside of the home other that a bottle of wine
had been opened and consumed. The wine bottle was left on the counter. The wine
bottle was collected and will be processed for fingerprints and DNA. Detectives
have been assigned the case for follow up.
Texas Workforce Commission Fraud Cases
11/11/20 at 1030 Hours. 500 Block of Ripple Creek
Drive. Officers notified of a fraudulent application for unemployment using the
victim’s personal information.