WFPD Sees a Recent Increase in Vehicle Burglaries; 12 Firearms Stolen

tlhFrom May 7th to the 20th the Wichita Falls Police Department received 35 burglary of a vehicle reports.  During the investigation it was determined that 45 vehicles had been broken into, none of which showed signs of forced entry.  There were 12 handguns taken in the burglaries.

The WFPD would like to remind people that one of the best ways to help prevent from becoming a victim of vehicle burglary is to simply lock your vehicles,  and a special reminder to not leave unsecured firearms in your vehicle.

Take, Lock, Hide. The basic crime fighting tool to help reduces vehicle burglaries.

  • Lock your vehicle. It takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise – and criminals hate making noise.
  • Hide valuables from sight, or take items with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in, and will move on.
  • Park in areas that are not secluded. Well lit parking lots, with good “sight lines”, make it more likely your vehicle is visible to the general public.
  • Aftermarket car stereos; consider models with removable face plates. Take the face plate with you when your leave your vehicle.
  • Record serial numbers of property you may leave inside your vehicle. If stolen, it makes it more likely the suspect, if he tries to pawn, will be identified.

There is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. You can make yourself less likely to be a victim of a burglary. Simply locking your vehicle and removing property from inside is half the battle.

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WFPD Participating in TxDOT Click It Or Ticket Campaign

Click-It-or-TicketThe Wichita Falls Police Department is participating in this years TxDOT Click It or Ticket Campaign which runs from May 21st through June 3rd. We will have additional Officers on the street focusing on Occupant Protection for all passengers in vehicles. WFPD has partnered with TxDOT’s Click It or Ticket since 2002. Last year WFPD alone issued 287 seatbelt citations and 10 child safety seat citations during the campaign.

Here Is the Law

Texas law now requires drivers and all passengers in vehicles to be secured by a safety belt.

Any child under the age of 8 must be restrained in an approved child passenger safety seat unless taller than 4 feet, nine inches.

Safety Seat Guidelines

Safety belts are designed for adults, not children. Use a booster seat to lift your child up and prevent severe injuries in a crash.

Please remember the following guidelines when buying the proper seat for your child:

Birth-1 Year, Up to 35 Pounds

  • Use a rear-facing seat until your baby reaches the weight limit or height limit of the seat.
  • Secure the chest clip even with your baby’s armpits.
  • Fasten harness straps snugly against your baby’s body.

1-4 Years, 20 to 40 Pounds

  • Use a forward-facing seat for as long as the safety seat manufacturer recommends it.
  • Fasten harness straps snugly against your child’s body.
  • Secure the chest clip even with your child’s armpits.
  • Latch the tether strap to the corresponding anchor if your vehicle has one.

4-8 Years, Over 40 Pounds

  • Use a booster seat.
  • Fasten the lap belt across your child’s thighs and hips, not stomach.
  • Strap the diagonal belt across the chest to rest on the shoulder, not the neck.

Application deadline extended for Junior Police Academy.

The Wichita Falls Police Department Junior Police Academy application deadline has been extended to May 27th.  We still have openings in both sessions of our Junior Police Academy. Session one will be from June 11th through June 15th. The second session will be from July 23rd through July 27th. Sessions will run Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm. Friday, graduation day, will be a short day from 8:30 am until approximately 11:00 am.

Junior Police Academy applications will be available at the front desk of the police department at 610 Holliday St and at the Public Safety Training Center front desk at 710 Flood St or by e-mail at the below listed addresses. You can drop off the completed application at the front desk of the police department on Holliday or the training center on Flood St. or mail them to either location. If you do mail them mark it to the attention of Officer Henning, Johnson or Sheehan. The quickest response would be to drop it off at either location.  Registration is for kids 12 to 14 years old.  If you have any questions feel free to contact us at timothy.johnson@wfpd.net, kris.henning@wfpd.net or danettesheehan@wfpd.net Or you can call at 940-720-5005 or 940-720-2181.

Man Assaults Store Clerk, Arrested for Robbery

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John Antee

On Thursday, May 17th, at approximately 10:45 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1400 block of Broad at the Stripes store in reference to a possible disturbance. A white male wearing a blue shirt and tan pants was reported to be assaulting a female at that location.

While responding to the call officers were advised that City of Wichita Falls workers were following the suspect down Bluff St. Officers located the witnesses and the male suspect, who was later identified as 38 year old John Antee, in the 1600 block of Bluff.  Antee was holding a gold beer can in his hand.

The witnesses advised that they were driving down 14th St. when they observed Antee assaulting the female clerk at the Stripes so they followed him and called police. Officers went back to the store where they spoke to the victim. She advised she was working at the store when Antee came in. She saw him grab a beer and put it in his pocket. She told him to put it on the counter. He said he did not have anything and walked out of the store.  The victim followed him outside at which time Antee hit the victim on the side of the head.

Antee was placed under arrest and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with robbery.

WFPD Arrest Man in Possession of a Firearm that had Been Stolen in a Recent Vehicle Burglary

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Stacey Stouard, Jr.

On Tuesday May 15th at approximately 5:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 4500 block of Kell Blvd for a check welfare on a subject that was seen slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle.

Upon arrival officers located a silver Volkswagen. They made contact with the subject who was sitting in the driver’s seat. He was identified as 19 year old Stacey Payton Stouard Jr.  Stouard was not responding and appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence of narcotics. While trying to wake Stouard up and further investigate his condition, officers located in plain view, a black Ruger pistol on the center console that was not in a holster. It was later determined that the firearm had been stolen during a burglary of a vehicle that had taken place the night before in the 4300 block of Berwick.

Stouard began to respond to officers and stated he was ok and that he pulled into United Market St. to sleep because he took two Xanax pills. Stouard stated he was not prescribed Xanax but took them anyways. Stouard stated he was sleepy and wanted to park and sleep it off. Due to his intoxicated state officers placed him under arrest for public intoxication.

A search was conducted of the vehicle based on Stouard `s statement that he consumed Xanax pills that were not prescribed to him and the fact that he had a handgun in his possession while intoxicated. During the search a rolled up cigarette was located in between the front passenger seat and the center console that officers believed to be marijuana. The suspected marijuana was field tested and rendered a positive result for marijuana. The marijuana weighted approx. .1oz.

Stouard was placed into custody and transported to the Wichita County jail.  While in transport Stouard began to threaten the arresting officer’s life and the life of his family members.

Upon arrival at jail Stouard was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, theft of a firearm, retaliation, possession of marijuana and public intoxication.

SCAM Alert

Scam AlertAccording to recent reports there has been a new scam popping up locally which is having a profound effect on local businesses.

The scam typically will go something like this:  an unknown subject (scammer) calls to speak with an employee (manager or assistant manager) and convinces him or her that they are with corporate offices or are detectives of an investigating agency. The scammer then convinces the employee they are conducting an investigation into bad business practices or embezzlement’s or other heinous crimes being committed by the owner or General Manager.

The scammer then has the employee get on their cell phone and not hang up as they listen to everything going on in the background and all along telling the employee exactly what to do.  The scammer convinces the employee to take all the money from the register(s) and leave the business.

The scammer then directs the employee to go to different locations such as Wal-Mart, CVS, Market Street, etc. The scammer tells the employee to put the money on green dots cards or the like and send them pictures or tell them the number on the back so he/she can access the money as quickly as possible. Once this is done, the money is gone and cannot be retrieved.  The employee has been scammed and the business is out the money.

Businesses need to speak to their employees about this ongoing scam ASAP and put procedures in place to effectively mitigate loss. If you have any questions about a particular situation contact the Wichita Falls Police Department at 940-761-7792.

Share the Road

sharetheroadThe Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind all drivers and pedestrians to share the road.

The following are a few “rules of the road” based on Texas Transportation Code statutes.

  • Bicyclists have the rights and duties of other vehicle operators:(551.101)

Yes, this means you have to stop at stop signs and red lights, but cars are required to yield right-of-way to a bicycle when appropriate, just as to any other vehicle.

  • Ride near the curb and go in the same direction as other traffic: (551.103)

Near the curb is subjective (we recommend leaving a cushion of about three feet) but the law gives a cyclist the right to take the lane when necessary for safety.

  • At least one hand on the handlebars (two are safer): (551.102c)

One when signaling but two when turning works well.

  • Use hand and arm signals: (545.107)

Point the way you are going, let the other operators know what you want to do.

  • One rider per saddle: (551.102a)

Don’t let your friends share your bike while riding unless you’re both on a tandem.

  • You may ride two abreast as long as you don’t impede traffic: (551.103c)

Racing and taking the lane are special cases.

  • Must have a white light on the front and a red reflector or red light on the rear (for riding at night): (551.104b)

The light is primarily so people can see you coming from the side, where their headlights do not shine on your reflectors. The law, effective as of Sept. 2001, states that a red light can replace a red reflector.

  • Brakes capable of making the braked wheel skid: (551.104a)

Don’t test that front brake to see if the wheel will skid while riding, especially downhill.

  • A pedestrian may not walk along and on a roadway if an adjacent sidewalk is provided and is accessible to the pedestrian: (552.006)

If a sidewalk is not provided, a pedestrian walking along and on a highway shall if possible walk on the left side of the roadway; or the shoulder of the highway facing oncoming traffic.

2018 WFPD Police Memorial Service

police_week_article_show_caroselPlease join us on Monday, May 14th at 10 am, for a remembrance ceremony in honor of all the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The ceremony is open to the public and will be held on the front lawn of the WFPD Headquarters, 610 Holliday. The event is free of charge and refreshments will be provided following the ceremony.

Local restaurant to host Coffee With a Cop event.

CWC_Secondary_Black_RGBOn Tuesday, May 15th, 2018,  officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

All  members of the community are invited to attend. The event is from 7 am to 9 am on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018,  at McDonald’s, located at 3103 Kemp Blvd. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about their department and officers.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotionally stressful times. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building. Some community members may even feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down those barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers.  These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time

 

WFPD Traffic Stop Leads to Multiple Arrests and a Stolen Gun Recovered

On Tuesday, May 1st, at approximately 11:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 2004 orange Nissan Maxima in the 1900 block of Hines.

The driver was identified as 29 year old Deonta Roberts, the front passenger at first gave officers a false name but was later identified as 26 year old Shatina Gilliam and the backseat passenger was identified as 18 year old Kendall Humphreys. Roberts was unable to provide proof of insurance on the vehicle at which time officers had the occupants step out of the vehicle in order to inventory it for impound.

As the occupants were exiting the vehicle officers observed two open Bud Light beers in the passenger area of the vehicle as well as a pill bottle with no label and numerous pills in it lying on the passenger floorboard.  During the search of the vehicle officers located a Springfield Armory XP40 .40 caliber handgun, a Glock 42 .380 caliber handgun and a Taurus 709 9mm handgun inside the trunk of the vehicle.  All three handguns had loaded magazines inserted in them. A records check on the three hanguns showed that the Glock 42 .380 handgun was reported stolen through the Arlington Police Department.

As officers were searching the subjects they located on Gilliam several clear plastic bags containing a green leafy substance on her person.  The substance was field tested and render a positive result for marijuana and weighed 0.1685 ounces. Humphreys also admitted to having marijuana concealed in his left sock.

All three subjects were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where they were charged with numerous offenses from theft of firearm, possession of marijuana in a drug free zone and failure to identify along with multiple outstanding warrants being served.