How to Protect Yourself from Package Theft

If youholiday-package-theft-jpg have ever ordered clothing, jewelry, gifts, or any other merchandise by phone, computer, or mail chances are those items were delivered straight to your home. Most deliveries DO NOT require a signature and are generally left at your front door even if no one is home to accept them. These packages, which quickly catch the eye of potential thieves, offer criminals that “Crime of Opportunity” they are looking for. Thieves looking to steal your packages will follow or watch for UPS, Fed Ex, US Mail, and other delivery service trucks so they can target your home after the parcels are delivered.

Below are some “Package Theft Prevention Tips” for you to use which will help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of this crime.

If Possible:

  • Ask for a tracking number. Most major shipping companies offer this service at no charge. This number allows you to track your packages and notifies you when they will be delivered.
  • Request a “Signature Delivery Option”. This requires a signature when the packages are delivered and ensures they will not be left at the front door
  • Request a specific drop off time and date when you will be home to accept your packages
  • Arrange to have your packages held at the shipping service so you can pick them up
  • Ask the delivery service to leave your packages at a side or back door. An enclosed porch where packages are out of sight is also a good option
  • Have your packages delivered to the home of a relative or neighbor who will be there to accept them
  • Ask a trustworthy neighbor to keep a “Watchful Eye” out for you packages. If they’re willing, ask them to safeguard your packages until you return home
  • If your packages do not arrive as scheduled contact the sender immediately

What Should You Do If You See Packages Being Stolen In Your Neighborhood?

  • Call Police.
  • Supply Police with an accurate description of the suspect(s) and any vehicles that may be used.

 

WFPD Search Warrant Leads to Two Arrests

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Martha Mata

Mata, Alyssa

Alyssa Mata

On Wednesday, May 18th, at approximately 7:30 pm officers with
the Wichita Falls Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit executed a narcotic search warrant in the 1800 block of Rose.  During the search officers located and seized approximately 72 grams of methamphetamine.

Officers arrested 42 year old Martha Mata and 23 year old Alyssa Mata. Both were transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1.

Suspects arrested in overnight residential burglary.

1808edenlaneOn May 15th, at approximately 1:30 am, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 4600 block  N. Eden Hills in reference to a check suspicious vehicle and persons.  The officers on scene determined that the  subjects from the vehicle had walked towards a residence in the 4600 N. Eden Hills and out of view.  The officers walked to a residence in the  1800 block of Eden Ln which was nearby.   Upon arrival at the residence, a knocking noise was heard coming from inside.  Upon checking the residence, the front door was found to have been kicked open. The officers on scene entered the residence to locate any possible burglary suspects.  Three suspects were located hiding in a closet in one of the bedrooms.  The suspects  had stored items they intended to steal inside the closet.  Officers arrested, Kyreese Dominic Williams , Graylon Marshawn Mayberry and Zacharei Dondrej Kelly  for burglary of a habitation.

FINANCIAL CRIMES INVESTIGATION LEADS TO MULTIPLE ARRESTS



BeFunky CollageThe WFPD Financial Crimes Unit began an in-depth investigation in December of 2015. Since that time, the investigation has included resources and information from the WFPD Gang Unit, Intel Unit, Organized Crime Unit, and Burglary Unit as well as assistance from the District Attorney’s Office. The focus of the investigation was to identify persons and groups that were soliciting stolen victim information and using that information to defraud the victims. On 05-12-16, with several suspects identified, the WFPD initiated a roundup to take those suspects into custody. To date, the roundup has led to the arrest of seven suspects:

1) Amber Gomez, age 26, charged with Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying information

2) Eric Figuroa, age 31, charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying information AND Possession of Marijuana

3) Karen Cummings, age 44, charged with Forgery

4) Nicole Hiebert, age 29, charged with Forgery

5) Ronnie Hardin, age 38, charged with Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying information (x4)

6) Skylar Aday, age 29, charged with Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying information (x2), Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying information (Enhanced Elderly Victim), Possession of a Dangerous Drug (x2)

7) Stacy Casillas, age 37, charged with Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying information (x2), Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 (x4)

The Financial Crimes Unit and the Community Services Unit offer programs and publications on financial crimes that are FREE to the public. If you would like more information on how to protect yourself from financial crimes or identity theft, we would be happy to help.

Two Arrested Following Aggravated Robbery

crime-police-lights-arrest-handcuffs-web-genericOn 05-10-16, at approx 1253 hrs, WFPD officers were dispatched to the Cash Saver, 2720 Southwest Pkwy, in reference to a theft in progress.  As the suspects, 36 year old Chris Ferguson and 34 year old Jerry Duncan, were leaving the store in a green Nissan Pathfinder with unpaid for merchandise, the manager tried to stop them. The vehicle, being driven at the time by Ferguson, attempted to run over the manager before driving off.  Officers nearby tried to stop the vehicle but the suspects fled and refused to stop. During the brief pursuit that followed, the suspects drove through a chain link fence at Barwise Jr High while trying to get away.  It should be noted that between leaving the Cash Saver and being chased by police, Ferguson and Duncan had switched places and Duncan became the driver.  The vehicle came to a stop in the Hunan’s parking lot on Maplewood and Ferguson was apprehended immediately and Duncan, who tried to run away on foot, was captured nearby.  Both were arrested and transported to jail.  Ferguson was charged with Aggravated Robbery and Duncan was charged with Aggravated Robbery, DWI, and Felony Evading Arrest/Detention.

WFPD Arrest Man for Aggravated Robbery

Cantrell, Joshua

Joshua Cantrell

On May 5th officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 3100 block of Seymour Hwy at the Dollar General for a possible Aggravated Robbery.  Prior to arrival officers were given a description of the suspect as a white male wearing a red and white shirt riding a pink bike.  Officers located a subject matching that description in the area of Seymour Hwy and Beverly.  The subject was identified as 38 year Joshua Cantrell. He was found to be in possession of a knife.

Officers spoke with the victim who stated that Cantrell came into the business and began to try and open packages that contained cell phones with a knife.  The victim approached Cantrell and told him to leave.  Cantrell still had the knife in his hand and as he left the business he threatened to assault the victim with the knife.

Cantrell was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with Aggravated Robbery.

WFPD K9 Unit Arrests Two on Drug Charges

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Kendrick Govan

Hilt, Tonisha 28

Tanisha Hilt

On May 3rd at approximately 6:30 pm Wichita Falls Police stopped a 2016 Nissan Altima for a traffic violation in the 3000 block of Central Fwy.  The vehicle was occupied by a couple, 36 year old Kendrick Govan and 28 year old Tanisha Hilt, who stated they were traveling from Bakersfield, CA to Louisiana to do some gambling.

Officers were able to smell the odor of marijuana emitting from inside the vehicle while speaking with the occupants.  Both the driver and passenger gave consent for officers to search the vehicle.  An open air sniff was conducted with WFPD K9 Kuno.  K9 Kuno gave a positive alert for the odor of narcotics.  Upon physically searching the vehicle officers located 184.2 grams of liquid THC and .29 ounces of marijuana.

The driver and passenger were both arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 2 and Possession of Marijuana. Officers also seized over $2,000.00 in cash.

Police Memorial Ceremony Scheduled

memorialPlease join us on Monday, May 16th @ 10am, for a remembrance ceremony in honor all of the law enforcement officers who have given their lives 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.