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The Wichita Falls Police Department observed an alarming crime trend in our community back in May of this year. Officers were seeing an increase in vehicle burglaries. Aside from the crime itself officers were finding that the vehicles that were broken into showed no signs of forced entry and firearms were left unsecure.
Between May 7th and May 20th 45 vehicles were entered into and 12 firearms were stolen. Of those vehicles that were entered into none of them showed signs of forced entry.
With the help of local media getting the word out to the public regarding the need to keep firearms secured and vehicles locked along with an aggressive proactive police response that resulted in multiple arrests the WFPD has seen a decrease in vehicle burglaries.
Between July 16th and July 29th 16 vehicles were entered into with two firearms stolen. Of those vehicles that were entered into none of them showed signs of forced entry. That is a 64% decrease in vehicle burglaries compared to the two weeks reported in May.
Although, it is a positive to see the number of vehicle burglaries decreasing the WFPD would still like to remind everyone to lock their vehicles and secure their firearms. When encountering a locked vehicle criminals most often leave it and go looking for an easier target. Never leave a firearm unsecured in a vehicle. An unsecured firearm can become the weapon that hurts or kills an innocent victim.
Children in Wichita Falls and surrounding communities will be returning to school in the next few days. We would like to remind drivers to be extra cautious as school zones become more active and be aware of school buses that will be making frequent stops.
Following these simple tips can help children reach school safely and help drivers avoid costly fines and tickets.
Tips for Driving in School Zones
- Put away your cell phone and anything else that may be distracting you as you drive. A distracted driver is a dangerous driver.
- Always obey school zone speed limit signs. Remember, traffic fines usually double in school zones.
- Drop off and pick up your children in your school’s designated areas, not the middle of the street.
- Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops.
- Be alert for children who might dart across the street or between vehicles on their way to school.
Tips for Children Walking or Biking to School
- Always cross at intersections and designated crosswalks. Look left, right and then left again before proceeding.
- Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from behind parked cars.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
- Always obey crossing guards.
- Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
So far, over 8,000 Wichita Falls residents have joined the Wichita Falls Police Department on Nextdoor.com to get to know their neighbors and to take a stand against crime. Are you one of them? If not, please visit http://www.nextdoor.com and sign up. It’s free and simple. Iphone and Android apps are also available.
Here is what Nextdoor.com is all about:
Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free.
Thousands of neighborhoods nationwide are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home.
People are using Nextdoor to:
- Quickly get the word out about a break-in.
- Organize a neighborhood watch group.
- Track down a trustworthy babysitter.
- Find out who does the best paint job in town.
- Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog.
- Find a new home for an outgrown bike.
- Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name.
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UPDATE: 41 year old Marcus Alan Benner has been arrested in this case! More info will be released when it becomes available.
On 07-25-18, officers took a Burglary of a Habitation report in the 4600 blk of Seymour Hwy where several comic books were stolen. If you can ID the suspect, who is wearing a camouflage cast on his arm, please contact us at 940-761-7762 or call Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888. When calling, please reference case #18-071430.
On Tuesday, July 31st, at approximately 5:30 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department located 32 year old Joseph DePriest in the 1200 block of Central Freeway at the FasPac. Officers knew DePriest had three outstanding felony warrants.
Officers approached Depriest at which time he attempted to run from officers. After a short foot pursuit Depriest was taken into custody.
During a search incident to an arrest DePriest was found to be in possession of 11.1 grams of methamphetamine and an ecstasy pill.
DePriest was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without further incident where he was charged with manufacturing/delivery of a substance in penalty group one, possession of a substance in penalty group two, evading and the felony warrants.
The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of a free program that is designed to keep you, the citizen, informed of what’s going on around you as it relates to police activity; RAIDSONLINE.
RAIDSONLINE is an analytical information system. The WFPD keeps records about incidents that occur within the jurisdiction. When an incident happens, the responding officer writes a report with information about the event including the location, people, related vehicles and other useful information. The information is then shared at www.raidsonline.com and is updated on a regular basis for accuracy.
You can easily search for information on nearby criminal activity.
Analytical layers show how crime relates to other factors such as date, time, location type of crime, etc .
RAIDSONLINE helps the public get a better idea of the crime activity in their area so they can make more informed decisions about how to stay safe. RAIDS crime map connects law enforcement with the community to help reduce crime and improve public safety.
RAIDSONLINE is a web based program but it is also available as a free app download.
On Friday, July 20th, at approximately 1:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit along with the WFPD’s Tactical and Gang Task Force units served a narcotics search warrant in the 2700 block of Holliday Rd.
During the search officers located and seized 47 grams of THC wax, 18 marijuana plants and 14 firearms. One of the firearms had been reported stolen.
Officers arrested 27 year old Joel Moreno. He was transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with manufacturing and delivery of a substance in penalty group two.
The largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.
The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 3rd Quarter FY 2018 (April-June 2018) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:
Adult Seatbelt Citations – 80
Child Safety Seats – 7
Intersection Violations – 204
Speeding – 506
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 11
Other Violations – 130
Arrests – 2
Vehicles Impounded – 7
Hours Worked – 374.2
Miles Driven – 2,773
On Wednesday, July 18th, at approximately 10:20 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department stopped a black 2012 Jeep Wrangler in the area of 30th St and Grace St for a traffic violation. When officers approached the vehicle they saw that it was occupied by a white female driver and a white male passenger, who was later identified as 56 year old Larry Teague.
The driver gave officers consent to search the vehicle. During the search officers located inside the glove compartment a bag that contained a scale with a white residue on it along with several small, clear plastic bags. Officers then searched the occupants of the vehicle and located on Teague in his front right pocket three clear plastic bags that contained a crystal like substance that when field tested showed a positive for methamphetamine. Teague was placed under arrest and the driver was released.
While in route to the Wichita County jail Teague advised officers that he had more narcotics on him. Officers located in his underwear another bag with a crystal like substance. The total weight of narcotics located on Teague was 43.11 grams. Teague was also found to be in possession of an Alprazolam pill.
Teague was charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one and possession of a controlled substance in penalty group three, both in a drug free zone.