West U Police Investigate Several Cases of ID Theft

September 2, 2014

A West U police officer was involved in a high-speed chase in the early morning of August 23, after the officer observed a vehicle traveling over the posted speed limit in the 5600 block of Buffalo Speedway. The driver initially eluded police throughout several major Houston freeways. The pursuit ended in the 3500 block of the Eastex Freeway, where the driver was taken into custody for evading arrest.
West U police responded to a disturbance call in the 6700 block of Vanderbilt on August 22 at about 9 a.m. A subject was transported to a hospital for evaluation.
On August 24, West U police arrested a man for criminal trespass at the Whole Foods store at 4000 Bellaire Blvd. The man had earlier been warned not to come into the store. He was arrested and transported to the West U jail.
A West U officer was dispatched on August 24 to a business in the 2700 block of Bissonnet regarding a case of criminal mischief. A man told police that he had parked his car in the parking lot at about 12:30 p.m. and when he returned to the vehicle at 2:30 p.m., he found that a bb gun had shot out his passenger side windows. The officer checked the business’ surveillance cameras, which showed a possible suspect’s vehicle, but the officer checked the area and did not locate any suspects.
Also on August 24, a West U resident went to the police department to report a theft. The complainant stated that she had left her flat tire and wheel leaned up against a building in the 4100 block of Bellaire, to be picked up at a later time. She said an unknown person removed the tire and the wheel before she could get it picked up.
Two West U residents went to the West U Police Department on August 26 to report cases of identity theft. One victim, a woman, told police that she had received an email from her accountant stating that her Social Security number had been used to file a fictitious income tax return.
In the second case, a man told police that someone had used his Social Security number to file a fictitious tax return.
On Tuesday, August 26, a West U officer responded to the 3600 block of Georgetown about a case of criminal mischief. The officer determined that an unknown person had slashed the driver side tire of the complainant’s vehicle. The incident apparently occurred between 7 p.m. on August 25 and 6:30 a.m. on August 26.
Another case of identity theft was reported to West U police on August 27. The complainant told police that an unknown person had used their personal identifying information to open multiple credit card accounts.
West U police arrested a driver in the 6800 block of Buffalo Speedway on August 27 for possession of marijuana. An officer stopped the driver for a traffic violation at about 10 p.m. The driver consented to a search of the vehicle.
At 6 p.m. on August 28, a subject walked into the West University Police Department to turn himself in on two active warrants. The subject was identified and two active warrants were found. The subject was booked into the West U jail.