WFPD Arrest Two in Recent Rash of Vehicle Burglaries

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Anthony Bowen

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Destiny Dunbar

The City of Wichita Falls recently suffered a rash of vehicle burglaries that occurred on the Southside of the city at numerous apartment complexes. The suspects were targeting unlocked vehicles and taking various items to include checks, passports and debit/credit cards.

Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department immediately began investigating the burglaries and were able to develop multiple leads.  Warrants for 23 year old Anthony Bowen and 23 year old Destiny Dunbar were issued.  Detectives had information to believe that the suspect were in a stolen 2010 Hyundai Elantra and may be in the Archer County area.  Detectives began reaching out to surrounding law enforcement agencies.

Early this morning at approximately midnight the two suspects were located in Seymour, Texas and taken into custody for their warrants.

WFPD Detectives began to interview both Dunbar and Bowen at which time they were able to gather information that could lead to the clearing of anywhere between 25 and 50  vehicle burglaries that occurred within Wichita Falls.

Both Dunbar and Bowen were transported to the Archer County jail where they were booked in on the burglary warrants.

WFPD Detectives were able to recover the stolen 2010 Hyundai Elantra along with numerous credit/debit cards and checks.

Additional charges are pending.

Protect Your Property – Lock, Take, and Hide

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The WFPD would like to remind you to Lock Your Car, Take Your Keys, and Hide/Remove Your Belongings! A large majority of the vehicles burglarized are being left unlocked and thieves are checking door handles stealing everything from stereos and electronics to purses and guns. It only takes a few seconds to remove a weapon from your vehicle and secure it elsewhere so that it doesn’t fall in the wrong hands.

WFPD Crime Prevention Specialist Officer Jeff Hughes says, “Most of the guns that are being reported stolen from a vehicle burglary are from unlocked vehicles. These guns are falling into the hands of the thieves and being used in other, more violent crimes. My advice would be to never leave an unsecured gun, or any other valuable item, in a vehicle. By removing them, you eliminate the criminal’s opportunity.”

Whether you are home for the night, out shopping, or just running a quick errand, please remember to Lock, Take, and Hide!!!

WFPD Supports Nextdoor.com as Virtual Neighborhhood Watch Platform

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So far, over 10,000 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.

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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.

Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.

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Join Nextdoor Today!!!

WFPD Releases 2019 3rd Quarter 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 3rd Quarter FY 2019 (April – June 2019) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 69
Child Safety Seats – 4
Intersection Violations – 63
Speeding – 403
Distracted Driving (Cell Phones) – 15 
Other Violations – 171
Arrests – 3
Vehicles Impounded – 6
Hours Worked – 305.5
Miles Driven – 2,500

Remembering Our Fallen – Officer Charles Sleigh Carlisle EOW: June 29, 1933

002Today we honor Officer Charles Sleigh Carlisle.  On this date in 1933 he gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Wichita Falls, Texas.

Officer Carlisle succumbed to gunshot wounds received while he and his partner tried to question a man about an aggravated robbery.

The 20-year-old suspect was arrested three days later in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years. His prison job, which was an auto mechanic, allowed him to drive outside of the prison. He was killed in an automobile accident on January 20, 1939. Officer Down Memorial

WFPD Lieutenant Ginger Gilmore Graduates from the Leadership Command College

Gilmore 5x7Ginger Gilmore, Lieutenant of the Wichita Falls Police Department recently graduated from the Leadership Command College – Class 84 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. The program, taught by a consortium of universities throughout Texas, provides law enforcement administrators and executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities.  Module I, focusing on leadership, is taught at the Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University. Module II at Texas Woman’s University focuses on the political, legal, and social environment of law enforcement.

The program concluded on June 21, 2019 with training in law enforcement administration at the third module, held at Sam Houston State University.  Each of the three 3-week modules attended by participants in the program is taught by top national
and international law enforcement experts. Topics include leadership, professional ethics and integrity, communication, and personnel management issues. The Command College curriculum also strives to keep participants on top of contemporary issues in Criminal Justice.

This program is one of many offered by the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, headquartered on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. The Institute, known as “LEMIT,” has been training law enforcement managers and executives since its inception in 1987. LEMIT offers numerous seminars, training for police chiefs, and the leadership program, which is one of the premiere law enforcement academies in the nation. No tax monies are necessary to support LEMIT, which is funded by a surcharge on criminal court costs; affording eligible Texas Law Enforcement managers and executive’s essential professional development.

Between one and two thousand Texas law enforcement personnel benefit from LEMIT training each year.

City Ordinances Pertaining to Fireworks

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As we get closer to celebrating the 4th of July, the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of the City Ordinances prohibiting the use or possession of fireworks.

The possession of all fireworks is illegal in the city limits of Wichita Falls. If you are found to be in possession of or discharging fireworks you can be subject to a fine. It is important that the public recognize the potential dangers in the use and handling of fireworks.

Please celebrate Independence Day safely and responsibly!

ARTICLE IV. – PYROTECHNICS
Sec. 50-93. – Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

Pyrotechnics means and includes any combustible or explosive composition or any substance or combination of substances or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, and includes Roman candles; sky rockets; helicopter-type rockets; cylindrical fountains, cone fountains; wheels; illuminating torches and colored fire in any form; sparklers and dip sticks; mines; shells; firecrackers; salutes; whistles without report; squibs; a fire balloon; a hydrogen-filled balloon; signal lights; blank cartridges; toy pistols, toy cannons, toy canes or toy guns in which explosives are used; torpedoes; dago bombs or other devices of like construction and any devices containing any explosive or flammable compound or any tablets or other devices containing any explosive substance. However, the term “pyrotechnics” does not include auto flares, paper caps containing not in excess of an average of 0.25 of a grain of explosive content per paper cap manufactured in accordance with the regulations for packing and shipping as provided therein and toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns or other devices for use of such caps, the sale and use of which shall be permitted.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(a); Code 2001, § 50-91)

Sec. 50-94. – Applicability.

(a)

This article shall not apply to the possession or use of signaling devices for current daily consumption by railroads, the Police Department and Fire Department and others required to use them by law, nor to the possession, sale or use of normal stock of flashlight compositions by photographers or dealers in photographic supplies or for signal or ceremonial purposes or athletic or sports events or for the use by military organizations.

(b)

This article shall be applicable within the corporate city limits and also within the area immediately adjacent and contiguous to the city limits and extending outside the city limits for a distance of 5,000 feet. Notwithstanding the prohibitions contained in this article, pyrotechnics warehouses and commercial wholesale pyrotechnics stores containing in size at least 1,500 square feet existing on the effective date of the ordinance from which this section is derived shall be authorized to continue operation for a period of ten years from date of annexation into the city. Upon the expiration of such ten-year period, such structures shall be utilized for a purpose consistent with the requirements of this article. Commercial wholesale pyrotechnics stores, as that term is used in this subsection, shall mean pyrotechnics stores that sell pyrotechnic devices to bona fide retail dealers and not to the general public.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(d), (j); Code 2001, § 50-92)

Sec. 50-95. – Using, keeping, storing, manufacturing or selling in city limits.

No person shall fire or explode or keep, store, manufacture or sell any pyrotechnics in the corporate city limits.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(b); Code 2001, § 50-95)

Sec. 50-96. – Possession in city limits; identification of commercial vehicles.

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No person shall have in his possession in the corporate city limits any pyrotechnics. Subject to Texas Local Government Code § 342.013, any pyrotechnics so found in the possession of any person shall be condemned, seized, and confiscated by the Police Department or the fire marshal.

(b)

Any commercial pyrotechnics dealer or operator, jobber, retailer, importer, or manufacturer transporting Class C fireworks within the city limits and extending for a distance outside of the city limits for a total of 5,000 feet must display on each vehicle the word “fireworks.” This may be permanently attached to the vehicle or on a sign. The word “fireworks” must be at least six inches in height and shall be visible on both sides and the rear of the vehicle.

(c)

Prosecution for possession of fireworks pursuant to this article shall be subject to the affirmative defense established by Texas Local Government Code § 342.013.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(c); Code 2001, § 50-96)

State Law reference— Extraterritorial jurisdiction regarding nuisances, Texas Local Government Code § 217.001.

Sec. 50-97. – Permit for pyrotechnics display.

The state fire marshal may issue a written permit to a properly qualified person for giving a pyrotechnic display in accordance with Texas Government Code § 417.0041. It shall be the duty of the city fire marshal to make an investigation as to whether such a display as proposed shall be of such a character and so located that it may be hazardous to property or dangerous to any person, and he shall so advise the state fire marshal of his findings. All pyrotechnic displays must be permitted by the city Fire Marshal’s Office. A fee established by separate ordinance will be assessed for the permit. All displays will be supervised by the fire marshal.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(e); Code 2001, § 50-97)

Sec. 50-98. – Use, keeping, manufacturing or selling in extraterritorial jurisdiction.

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No person shall have, keep, store, manufacture or sell any pyrotechnics within the area immediately adjacent and contiguous to the city limits and extending for a distance outside of the city limits for a total of 50 feet. It shall be unlawful to do or perform any act in violation of this subsection within such area of 50 feet outside the city limits, provided that this subsection shall not apply within any portion of such 50-foot area which is contained within the territory of any other municipal corporation.

(b)

No person shall use, fire, explode or cause to be used, fired or exploded any pyrotechnics within the area immediately adjacent and contiguous to the city limits and extending for a distance outside the city limits for a total of 50 feet. It shall be unlawful to do or perform any act in violation of this subsection within such area of 50 feet outside the city limits, provided that this subsection shall not apply within any portion of such 50-foot area which is contained within the territory of any other municipal corporation.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(f), (g); Code 2001, § 50-98)

Sec. 50-99. – Permit for keeping, manufacturing or selling in extraterritorial jurisdiction.

No person shall have, keep, store, manufacture or sell any pyrotechnics within an area extending for a distance outside of the city limits from a distance of 50 feet to a distance of 5,000 feet from the city limits, unless such person shall have obtained a permit from the city fire marshal’s office. The application for such permit shall contain the specific location of the building used to keep, store, manufacture or sell the pyrotechnics and must also contain a blueprint or diagram showing the construction of such building. The construction of the building must comply with the rules and regulations of the city fire marshal’s office. A permit fee established by separate ordinance will be assessed per retail location.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(h); Code 2001, § 50-99)

Sec. 50-100. – Hours of closing for manufacturing or selling in extraterritorial jurisdiction.

All persons manufacturing or selling pyrotechnics within an area extending for a distance outside of the city limits from a distance of 50 feet to a distance of 5,000 feet from the city limits shall close their doors and places of business each night from 11:55 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. the following morning and shall not sell or manufacture any pyrotechnics during this time period.

(Code 1966, § 15-1(i); Code 2001, § 50-100)

Check Fraud

Check Fraud

The Wichita Falls Police Department has received information in regards to counterfeit checks being passed and would like to remind you of a few tips to help you avoid becoming a victim.

 

  • Even if the check has “cleared,” you may not be in the clear. Under federal law, banks must make deposited funds available quickly, but just because you can withdraw the money doesn’t mean the check is good, even if it’s a cashier’s check or money order. If you have any questions about whether or not the check is good, talk to your banker. Be sure to explain the source of the check, the reasons it was sent to you, and whether you are being asked to wire money back.
  • Don’t be fooled by the appearance of the check.Scam artists are using sophisticated technology to create counterfeit checks that mirror the appearance of legitimate checks. Some are counterfeit money orders, some are phony cashier’s checks and others look like they are from legitimate business accounts. The companies whose names appear may be real, but someone has dummied up the checks without their knowledge.
  • Never ‘pay to play.’ There is no legitimate reason for someone who is giving you money to ask you to wire money back or send you more than the exact amount —that’s a red flag that it’s a scam. If a stranger wants to pay you for something, insist on a cashier’s check for the exact amount, preferably from a local bank or one with a local branch.
  • Do not respond to online solicitations for “easy money.”Social media scams like card cracking may offer “quick ways to earn extra cash,” but keep in mind that easy money is rarely legal money.
  • Verify the requestor before you wire or issue a check.It is important to know who you are sending money to before you send it. Just because someone contacted you doesn’t mean they are a trusted source.
  • Report any suspected fraud to your bank immediately.Bank staff are experts in spotting fraudulent checks. If you think someone is trying to pull a fake check scam, don’t deposit it—report it. Contact your bank and report it to the Federal Trade Commission or The Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker.

Information from American Bankers Association