Financial Crimes Unit warns of counterfeit currancy circulating

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The Wichita Falls Police Department Financial Crimes Unit would like to inform citizens of an influx of counterfeit paper currency being circulated in our community.  Over the last two months there has been a marked increase of counterfeit $10.00, $20.00 and $100.00 bills being passed at local businesses. We are asking businesses to pay special attention to paper currency being passed and confiscate any bill(s) they believe are counterfeit and release them only to the police department.  If possible, businesses are also encouraged to obtain a vehicle description and/or a description of the person passing or attempting to pass the bill(s) for reporting purposes. Continue reading

“FUR-EVER FRIDAY” Week 3 Officer New & Leo

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Officer Aaron New and Leo. Leo is currently at the Wichita Falls Animal Services Shelter. He was an owner surrender about 2 weeks ago. Leo is very playful and full of energy. He loves attention, loves to run and play fetch. He is an 8 month Lab Mix. Leo needs a forever home and a family to love. Please consider giving Leo a happy life. If you are interested in adopting Leo contact the Wichita Falls Animal Services at 940-761-7842. He is waiting for you!!!

WFPD Retirement and Awards Ceremony

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Today the Wichita Falls Police Department held a Retirement and Awards Ceremony.

Officer Logan Riley was awarded the Life Saving Certificate and Bar.  On 4/19/14 Officer Riley responded to a report of a female victim who was unresponsive. Officer Riley quickly assessed the female and started CPR.  After a few rounds of CPR the victim took a big breath and began to breathe on her own. After being transported to the hospital it was determined the female suffered a diabetic coma and stopped breathing. Through the efforts of Officer Riley the female was expected to make a full recover.

Valerie “Penny” Rhodes , Public Safety Dispatcher Retiree. Penny was employed as a dispatcher with the WFPD from 3/8/89-6/30/14, serving 25 yrs and 3 months.

Officer Tony Fox, Police Officer Retiree. Officer Fox was employed as a WFPD Officer from 8/22/89-8/31/14, serving 25 yrs and 9 days.

Officer David Hoard, Police Officer Retiree. Officer Hoard was employed as a WFPD Officer from 5/12/76-4/15/77 and again 8/27/90-8/31/14, serving 25 yrs and 1 month.

Officer Douglas Tidwell, Police Officer Retiree. Officer Tidwell was employed as a WFPD Officer from 6/13/88-4/30/14, serving 25 yrs and 10 months.

Congratulations to Officer Riley on his award and congratulations to Penny, Officer Fox, Officer Hoard and Officer Tidwell on their retirements. Enjoy!

Traffic Stop leads to multiple Felony Charges

Sanchez, Robert 08171986On 08-27-14 Gang Task Force Officers observed a subject known to them as having warrants south on Taft Blvd Driving a 2006 White Chevrolet HHR. Officers initiated a traffic stop near Taft and Merrimac. The white HHR started to pull over then sped off at a high rate of speed turning West onto Merrimac. The HHR attempted to turn northbound onto the 2500 blk of Elmwood North and lost control. The driver, Robert Sanchez W/M 08-17-1986, was unable to make the turn crashing into the front yard of a vacant residence. Sanchez was taken into custody for the warrants, and Felony evading arrest.

During a search of the HHR officers located a stolen .40 Cal Pistol with a loaded magazine inserted and a loaded magazine in the center console. An undetermined amount of Crystal Methamphetamine was located all about the inside of the vehicle during the search.   A follow-up will be provided when that amount is determined. The HHR was seized and transported to a controlled facility to collect the Crystal Methamphetamine.

Sanchez was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), Evading Arrest in Vehicle (Felony) and Theft of a Firearm.

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Can You ID? Suspect from Burglary and Credit Card Theft – Case #14-050698

Can You Id this suspect who was involved in a Burglary of a vehicle and credit card Theft? If you have information on the identity of this suspect please contact Detective Marc Montana at (940) 761-7762 or at marc.montana@wfpd.net

Also remember you can contact the Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers 24/7 at (940)322-9888 or (800)322-9888, you never have to give you name and you could earn an award up to $1,000 if your information leads to an arrest and board approval.

9-1-1 Abandoned Calls, Misdials, and “Pocket Dialing” Causing Problems For WFPD Dispatchers

911WFPD Dispatchers are getting their systems jammed daily by “accidental” calls made to 9-1-1.  These calls are coming in to 9-1-1 in the form of:  1) abandoned calls (where the call comes through but the caller hangs up), 2)  misdials (where the caller meant to call another number, mainly a number with a 691 prefix),  3) “pocket dialers” (where phones dial while in pockets, purses, or backpacks), and 4) small children playing on the phone.  In 2013, WFPD Dispatchers received over 45,000 illegitimate calls to the 9-1-1 call center and are on pace to match or surpass that number this year.   “A 911 operator must stay on the line to make this determination,” according to a Federal Communications Commission press release. “If no one answers, the operator may spend even more time trying to reach the caller, or even dispatch emergency services to help the caller. These efforts waste resources and divert scarce public safety personnel from other 911 calls reporting real emergencies.”  For those with phones that have an emergency button, cell-phone manufactures are looking into solving the problems too.

To avoid tying up the emergency lines it is recommended that you follow these basic tips:

-  Lock your phone (use a passcode or other safety feature to prevent accidental dialing)

-  Do not hang up, stay on the line (If you realize you’ve made an accidental call, instead of quickly hanging up, emergency personnel say you should let the dispatcher know it was an accident. Otherwise, the dispatcher will have to spend time to find out if it was an accident or an emergency.)

-  Keep your phone out of the hands of children

 

Stolen Motorcycle Recovered – Suspect Arrested

mcOn 08-25-14, just after 9am, WFPD Patrol Officers were dispatched to check on a suspicious person in the area of Barbados and Tobago.  A white male subject was approaching residents in the area and asking to use their phone so he could call someone to help him with his broken down motorcycle.  Residents in the area had also called in about a motorcycle parked in the alley. Continue reading