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WU Crime Report

April 27, 2015 By:Anne Marie Kilday

Local News

West U Police last week continued to respond to residents’ reports of Identity Theft and fictitious federal income tax filings, with eight cases in the city last week.

There also were two reports of residential burglaries and two burglaries of motor vehicles.

Officers also had to respond to a verbal dispute between neighbors in the 4200 block of S. Judson, where the parties were issued warnings and separated by the police.

A resident of a home in the 3100 block of Plumb returned home on Sunday, April 19 and discovered that a burglary had occurred. Officers arrived and found that unknown person(s) had forced entry into the residence.

At 7:01 p.m. the same day, an officer was sent to a residence in the 2700 block of Pittsburg for a report of a burglary. The burglary had been discovered by the homeowners. Officers found that unknown person(s) had forced entry into the residence. A report was generated, which listed the case as “criminal trespass.”

West U Police last week investigated two motor vehicle burglaries, and one theft of motor vehicle parts.

At 4:16 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, an officer was dispatched to the 2900 block of Sunset to investigate a burglary of a motor vehicle. The victim stated an unknown person(s) entered her vehicle and removed a wallet without her consent.

Also that day, an officer went to the 2800 block of Robinhood to investigate a theft. The complainant reported that someone had removed his front license plate along with his driver’s side running board.

On Thursday, April 23, an officer was dispatched at 5:24 p.m. to the 3100 block of Albans to investigate a burglary of a motor vehicle. The officer spoke with the victim, who stated that an unknown person forced entry into the driver’s side window and rummaged through the vehicle without consent.

At 9:03 p.m. on April 17, West U officers were sent to the 4200 block of S. Judson, where neighbors were having a verbal dispute. Upon officers’ arrival, the dispute was settled, a warning was issued and both parties were separated for the evening. The police report stated that no further action was taken.

There were 10 cases of Identity Theft in West U last week, including eight cases where residents reported that unknown persons had used their personal information to file fictitious federal income tax returns.

Those cases included:

*A case reported at 1:42 p.m. Friday, April 17, by a resident of the 3300 block of Plumb.

*A case reported Friday, April 17,  at 10:51 p.m., at the Police Department.

*A case, reported at 1:44 p.m. on April 19, at the Police Department.

*An April 21 case, reported at the Police Station.

*An April 21 case, reported by residents of the 3800 block of Villanova.

*An April 22 case, also reported at the Police Station.

*Another April 22 case, reported at 3:15 p.m. by a resident of the 6500 block of Mercer.

*A third April 23 case, reported at 1:16 p.m. at the police station, by a victim who advised that an unknown suspect(s) used her identifying information to file 2014 taxes without her consent.

There were two other cases of ID theft reported last week by West U residents. Those cases involved credit card accounts. At 3:25 p.m. on April 19, an officer met with a West U resident

West U Police also investigated a case of forgery that was reported on April 21. The victim went to the police station to report that an unknown person(s) had sent fraudulent business checks to several different persons and instructed them to cash the checks. The instruction also included keeping three hundred dollars and sending the rest of the monies back to a given address.

West U police also investigated several motor vehicle incidents last week.

At 10:55 p.m. on April 17, a West U resident went to the police station to report an accident in a private parking lot. The officer was advised that the incident occurred the previous night. A case number was generated and provided to the victim.

Also on April 17, a West U officer observed a vehicle traveling southbound in the 6500 block of West Point with a registration sticker displayed on the windshield and bearing a Texas temporary tag. Upon further investigation the officer determined that the driver had discovered the driving intentionally displayed a registration belonging to another vehicle and displayed a wrong, fictitious, and altered registration.

On April 18, an officer observed a vehicle traveling eastbound in the 4200 block of Bissonnet, with an obstructed temporary license The officer initiated a traffic stop in the 3900 block of Bissonnet on the vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the driver was driving on a suspended license. The driver was arrested and charged with the offense of driving while license invalid.

On April 21, an officer met with a city of West U employee who had found a bicycle at Colonial Park.

On April 21, a driver was arrested for “tampering with a government record” after a West U officer observed two vehicles traveling eastbound in the 4100 block of Bissonnet. One vehicle had no license plates and the second vehicle was traveling closely behind and appeared to be pushing it down the roadway with its hazard lights activated. Upon further investigation, the driver of one of the vehicles displayed a fictitious insurance certificate and was arrested for tampering with government record.

On April 22, a driver was arrested by a West U officer for driving with an invalid license. The officer observed the driver’s vehicle in the 5400 block of  Buffalo Speedway with an expired temporary tag (12/16/14). A traffic stop was conducted in the 3100 block of Albans and after further investigation the driver was arrested for the offense of driving while license invalid.

On April 23, another driver was arrested for driving while license suspended in the 4200 block of Bissonnet. The officer initiated a traffic stop in the 4100 block of Bissonnet on the vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the driver was driving on a suspended license. The driver was arrested and charged with the offense of driving while license invalid.

Another driver was arrested, for the third time, for driving without a driver’s license, on April 23. An officer observed driver not wearing a seatbelt while driving in the 6100 block of Belmont. The officer initiated a traffic stop in the 5800 block of Belmont, where the officer determined that the driver did not have a driver’s license and that the vehicle was uninsured. The driver was arrested for the offense of driving without a driver’s license 3rd offense, a Class B misdemeanor.

At 11:07 p.m. on April 23, a West U officer observed the driver of a vehicle commit a traffic violation. After a traffic stop, the officer discovered the driver had an invalid driver’s license. The driver was arrested.

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