Don’t let a Grinch steal your Christmas!

tlh1With the increase in holiday shopping we would like to remind you that one of the best ways to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a vehicle burglary is to simply lock your car.

Take, Lock, Hide is the basic crime fighting tool to help reduce 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 them with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in and will move on.
  • Park in  highly visible areas.  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 the item, will be identified.

There is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. But there are steps you can take to reduce risk.  Simply locking your vehicle and hiding or removing property from inside is half the battle.

Check Suspicious Call Leads to Arrest

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On Saturday, November 30th, at approximately 12:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1500 block of 14th St in reference to an occupied vehicle check. It had been reported that there was a subject in a black Ford Mustang honking his horn and waving a gun around.

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Daniel Le

When officers arrived they observed a subject, who was later identified as 19 year old Daniel Le, exiting out the driver’s door of a black Ford Mustang.   In plain view they observed a firearm in the backseat of the vehicle.

Officers searched the vehicle and located a green leafy substance in a large, clear cellophane wrapping under where the firearm had been located. The substance was field tested and rendered a positive for marijuana.  It weighed 9.9 ounces.  Further search of the vehicle revealed $2,500 in cash along with a digital scale and plastic baggies.

Le was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of marijuana.

Vehicle Burglars Arrested

Ethan HartOfficers had been working a rash of vehicle burglaries on the west side of town involving 3 suspects wearing hoodies with their faces covered. On 11-30-19, in the late evening hours, officers had received some information, via video, that the suspects had been seen in the area of McNiel/Seymour Rd checking on car doors. While officers were searching the area, they were flagged down by a citizen who saw the suspects around Berwick/McNiel. Officers were able to locate two of the suspects, both juveniles, on Berwick just east of McNiel. Both juveniles matched the description from the video. The third suspect, later identified as 17 year old Ethan Hart, was located hiding in the backyard of nearby residence. All 3 suspects were found to be in possession of items that had been taken from vehicles in the area. Hart was also found to be in possession of a handgun. All 3 suspects were arrested for Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. Hart was also charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon, and Criminal Trespass.

In Memory: WFPD Officer Russell C. Scott

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WFPD Officer Russell C. Scott

On November 27, 1958 Wichita Falls Police Officer Russell C. Scott was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic at the scene of accident at the intersection of Hampstead Street and Milby Street. Another car entered the intersection and struck a disabled truck at a high rate of speed. The truck was pushed into Officer Scott, knocking him 54-feet.

Officer Scott was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the following day. The driver of the vehicle that caused the accident was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $25.

Officer Scott had been with the agency for only 11 months. He was survived by his wife.

May we never forget.

Planning to Travel this Holiday Season? WFPD Offers Free Patrol Checks

shutterstock_668174545With many people going out of town for the holidays the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind you that you can set your residence up for a vacation home check.

While you are away on vacation, Sentinels from the WFPD will periodically stop by your home to check for open doors, broken windows or any other suspicious circumstances.  In the event that something out of the ordinary is discovered, you or your listed emergency contact will be contacted immediately.  This is another added security precaution you can utilize to safeguard your possessions and assure your peace of mind while you are on vacation.  This is a free, but invaluable service provided by the WFPD.

Please fill in the form below to request a vacation check.   If you have any questions please contact the Community Services Section at 940-720-5019.

Click here to request your Vacation Patrol Check

Homeowner realizes that the Police Department and the City do not assume any liability for loss or damage to property during specified dates. Homeowner understands there is no guarantee that vacation checks will be done daily, only when Sentinels are available.

Be on the look out for Archer County Inmate.

Be on the look out in the area of the 600 blk of Sunset for a Luke Allen King.  He was being transported by Archer County Sheriff’s Office for treatment.  He freed himself from his restraints and escaped custody.  He was last seen in and around the area of the 600 blk of Sunset and the WFISD bus barnIMG_70691.  He was reported to  be wearing orange Archer County Inmate clothing and possibly grey sweat pants underneath and belly chains.   If you see him please call 911 do not attempt to approach or detain him for safety concerns.   Officers are in the area currently searching for him.

Two More Suspects Arrested in Capital Murder Case

Today, just before 1:00 pm, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department arrested 25 year old Autumn Cummings and 35 year old Anthony Beamon in the 2700 block of Iowa Park Rd in connection with the Murder of 41 year old Eddie Donte Hill.

Officers observed both subjects at the Dollar Tree Store and knew them both to have an active Capital Murder warrant.  Both Cummings and Beamon were arrested without incident and transported to the Wichita County jail.

This marks the third arrest made in the murder of Hill that took place on October 26th in the 700 block of Warford.  On November 5th WFPD officers arrested 30 year old Tyrone Smith in connection with the murder.

WFPD Makes Arrest in Capital Murder Case

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Tyrone Smith

On Tuesday, November 5th, at approximately 10:30 pm 30 year old Tyrone Smith of Wichita Falls was arrested in the 1800 block of Las Cruces by officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department on a Capital Murder warrant.

The warrant stemmed from the murder of 41 year old Eddie Donte Hill that occurred on October 26th in the 700 block of Warford.

Officers with the WFPD had been dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of Warford in reference to a possible shooting where a witness had stated an unknown male suspect had shot Hill.  When police arrived they found Hill inside the residence.  He was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

WFPD Detectives received a Crime Stoppers tip that, along with their investigation, helped lead to the arrest warrant being issued on Smith.

WFPD Releases 2019 4th Quarter and Year End TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats

636210405772280198-WFPD-STEPThe 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 4th Quarter FY 2019 (July – September 2019) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 40
Child Safety Seats – 0
Intersection Violations – 47
Speeding – 330
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 9 
Other Violations – 84
Warnings – 138
Arrests – 0
Vehicles Impounded – 4
Hours Worked – 245.5
Miles Driven – 1,962

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats for the fiscal year starting at October 2018 and going through September 2019

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 231
Child Safety Seats – 13
Intersection Violations – 264
Speeding – 1,613
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 52 
Other Violations – 555
Warnings – 548
Arrests – 13
Vehicles Impounded – 34
Hours Worked – 1,170
Miles Driven – 9,417
The WFPD is currently participating in FY 2020 Comprehensive STEP Grant, which runs from October 1, 2019 through September 30th, 2020.