WU Crime Report
West University Police officers had a busy week, investigating five residential burglaries, one theft of money from a residence by workers providing services, five cases of ID theft and one case of Driving While Intoxicated.
On Friday, July 24, at 11:36 a.m., an officer was sent to a home in the 2700 block of Nottingham in response to a residential burglary. The homeowner advised that sometime between June 12 and July 17, unknown persons had entered the residence and stolen several items.
At 3:50 p.m. on Friday, July 24, a West U officer was sent to a residence in the 2900 block of Wroxton to respond to a residential burglary. The complainant reported that an unknown person had forced entry through a rear door and stolen several personal items. The officer processed the crime scene for evidence and filed a report.
A similar burglary, in the 3000 block of Nottingham, was reported to West U Police at nearly 10 p.m. on Friday, July 24. The victims told an officer that sometime between 8:15 p.m. and 9:44 p.m., an unknown person forced entry through the back door and stole several items.
The fourth residential burglary, in the 6000 block of Kirby, was reported to West U police on Monday, July 27. The resident there told the officer that an unknown person smashed a window located near the rear entry of the home and stole items. The time frame for this incident was between Thursday, July 23 through Monday, July 27.
On Wednesday, July 29, an officer met with a resident about a residential burglary. The victim told police at the Police Department lobby that an unknown person had entered her vehicle, which was parked in the garage of her home.
On Tuesday, July 28, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 4100 block of Ruskin about a theft. The resident reported that “workers took money from inside the residence while providing services” without permission.
Also on Tuesday, July 28, a West U resident who had been traveling out of the country since May 23 reported a strange case of theft. The victim told police that she arrived at her destination and discovered clothes had been removed from her luggage. The woman told police that she was “unsure” when the incident occurred, but advised that her luggage was in her vehicle and out of her sight for about an hour before she left for the airport. Her luggage again was out of her sight after she checked the luggage in at the airport until she claimed her luggage at her destination.
West U Police also investigated four cases of ID theft or credit card fraud last week.
On July 24, a West U officer met with a resident who had received an alert from about recent activity on his credit file. On July 17, the resident recent a letter from PayPal regarding suspicious activity on a recently opened account. The resident told police that he had never opened that account.
Three cases of identity theft were reported to West U Police on Tuesday, July 28.
In the first case, a West U officer met with a resident at the West U Police Department about another case of ID theft. The complainant reported that an unknown person had used her personal information to open up credit card accounts at several department stores. The complainant told the officer that she learned about the ID theft after receiving a phone call from one of the stores’ fraud investigation department.
At 2:47 p.m. on July 28, an officer met with another resident about a case of ID theft, or credit card abuse. The resident advised that an unknown person had used her credit card information to purchase a cellular phone through Verizon Wireless.
In the third case, a resident reported that an unknown person had used his personal information to open “multiple” payday loan accounts. The victim was made aware of the loans when he received an email from Lifelock ID theft prevention.
On July 30, a West U officer was dispatched to meet with a resident in the 3700 block of Rice about a case of ID theft.
A driver was arrested for DWI on July 24, after a West U officer observed the driver run a stop sign in the 6400 block of College St. A warrant was obtained to draw the driver’s blood for testing, and the driver was booked into the West U Jail.
Also on July 24, a driver was arrested for possession of narcotics, after an officer saw his vehicle in the 4200 block of Bissonnet with a defective brake light. The officer stopped the driver in the 4300 block of Bissonnet.
At 8:45 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 4100 block of Byron about an animal bite. The victim advised that a dog had bitten her leg. The officer obtained vaccination information for the dog from the owner. The dog was up to date on all of its shots, and registered with The City Of West University Place
On July 25, an officer met with a resident at the Police Department lobby about a delayed report of criminal mischief. The complainant stated that an unknown person had sprayed paint on his vehicle’s door.
Also on July 25, an officer was dispatched to the 4100 block of Byron about a theft. A report was generated.
On July 29, a West U officer was dispatched to the 3000 block of Rice in response to a minor accident. The officer found that one of the vehicles involved had failed to stop and give information. A report was generated.
West U police officers last week also arrested three drivers for operating motor vehicles in the city without valid Texas drivers’ licenses. And, West U officers met with officers from other jurisdictions to pick up three suspects with outstanding municipal warrants from West U.