West U Police Investigating ID Thefts

October 3, 2014

Identity theft continues to be a problem in West University Place, as police officers investigated five reports of the crime last week. West U officers also arrested three people on charges of public intoxication.
On September 26, an officer was dispatched to the 3000 block of
Bissonnet, in response to a burglary of a motor vehicle. The victim told the officer that an unknown person had entered his vehicle and removed tools from the rear compartment of his vehicle. The incident occurred between 10:15 and 11:30 a.m.
Also on September 26, an officer at the West University police department meet with a victim who stated that an unknown person(s) used his personal identifying information to e-file a fictitious federal income tax return.
At 4:30 p.m. on September 26, a police officer and paramedics were dispatched to the intersection of Kirby and West Holcombe in reference to an unconscious person who was lying on the city easement. After further investigation it was discovered the subject was intoxicated while in public and a danger to himself. The man was arrested for public intoxication.
Another West U resident reported to police that she had received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service, informing her that they had received more than one tax return for her and her husband. The federal agency said that both returns contained their Social Security numbers. The case, reported on September 26, was listed as an ID theft.
Police responded to a minor accident on September 26, at 10:19 p.m. in the 5600 block of Weslayan. Police found that a vehicle had struck a street light police and fled the scene.
On September 27, a resident of the 3200 block of University contacted West U police about a case of identity theft. The complainant stated she received a letter from a creditor regarding her application for a credit card, which she did not request.
A man who was trying to “hitch-hike” at the intersection of University Blvd and Buffalo Speedway was arrested on September 27 for public intoxication. The man was not able to tell officers where he lived, and showed signs of intoxication.
On September 28, a West U police officer was dispatched at 9:27 p.m. to the Bellaire Police Department to pick up a suspect who currently had an outstanding warrant with the city of West U. The suspect was taken into custody and booked into the West U Jail.
A West U police officer arrested the driver of a stolen vehicle on Monday, after a short chase from the 5700 block of Buffalo Speedway to the 3100 block of Nottingham. The driver was arrested for evading arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
On Tuesday, West U police arrested a man for public intoxication, after a resident in the 3900 block of Arnold called to report a suspicious person. The resident had observed the man walking up her driveway and toward the rear of the house. After the resident confronted the stranger, he left the area. Officers later located him in the 5600 block of Weslayan. The man matched the description the resident had given police. The officers identified the subject and observed the subject had slurred speech, glossy red eyes and a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from his breath. The officers determined the subject posed a danger to himself and or others if left alone in this condition and he was subsequently arrested for public intoxication.
At 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, a West U officer observed graffiti that had been spray-painted on a vacant building in the 5400 block of Kirby. The “tagging’ consisted of large bubble style lettering across the front glass panels of the commercial building and on the northeast corner of the building. The letters were not legible, and the officer was unable to determine the exact wording. The spray paint color used was that of a yellow, and a cream beige color.
On Wednesday, a West U officer was dispatched to the 3000 block of Albans in regards to a case of Identity Theft. The victim stated he received a letter from a collection agency in regards to an account, which had been placed in collections. The victim advised that unknown suspects fraudulently opened the account.
On Thursday, a West U police officer noticed an unoccupied vehicle parked in the 5700 block of Kirby at 12:52 a.m. Upon further investigation, it was discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen to the Houston Police Department.
West U police were called to a home in the 2700 block of Sunset at 4:10 .m. Thursday. A resident there had passed away of natural causes.
At 7:16 a.m. Thursday, an officer observed a vehicle stopped and impeding traffic in the 3700 block of University Blvd. After further investigation, the driver was arrested for the offense of driving while license was invalid.
A West U resident on Thursday when to the Police Department to report a case of ID theft. The complainant stated that an unknown person had used a business bank account number to attempt to transfer money to a bank in another country.