Trailer theft prevention tips.

trailersLately criminals have been active stealing trailers.  A common method is to use bolt cutters to cut the tongue locks, hook up the trailer and drive away with  it.  Additionally when thieves size up a trailer one of the first things they consider could be appearance.  A generic looking trailer has “steal me” written all over it.  How many white or black trailers are sold each year?  Can you tell one from another from a distance?  Do whatever you can to make your trailer stand out from the crowd.  Thieves might have a second thought about stealing one so personalized.

If you use a tongue lock consider one that includes the chains in the device.   Trailer wheel locks can also effectively immobilize the trailer to help deter theft and coupler locks can prevent the criminal from hooking up to your trailer.

If devices such as these are too costly simply block the trailer in, use thick heavy chains to secure it to a fixed  object or place it in a secured area.  Keep accurate, up to date information on your trailer to include photographs.  This information can be helpful should it be recovered.  Also consider insuring the  trailer because what’s on it or in it could be more valuable than the trailer itself.

Traffic stop leads to gun charge.

fotorcreatedOn January 22, an officer observed a white Chevrolet Corsica traveling westbound in the 2200 blk of 11th St. a routine check of the license plate showed that the vehicle was being operated on a public roadway with an expired vehicle insurance policy.   The investigating officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle at Tyler and Ave C for the insurance violation.  The officer made contact with the occupants of the vehicle and identified the passengers as Timmy Wiggins and Regina Reed.  Wiggins consented to a search of his person at the scene during which the officer located approximately 0.6 grams of Methamphetamine.  A search of the vehicle was then conducted and a .22 caliber pistol was located in the area of where Wiggins was sitting in the vehicle.  Wiggins was placed under arrest for possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1.  Reed was also taken into custody  for unrelated warrants.

Raidsonline-Crime information sharing system.

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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 http://www.raidsonline.com and is updated on a regular basis for accuracy.

How does it work?

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.

RAIDS Online is also available as a free mobile app.

 

Beware income tax scams

scam-alertIt’s that time of year again and tax time is fast approaching, with that it mind the scammers will be out in full force attempting to steal your money and identity.   Scammers  will  try  to convince you to pay them money for owed taxes or requesting payment (money up front) for a tax return.  They may even ask for personal information to “verify” your identity so they can complete their offer to help.  Like before. scammers are going to use threats such as warrants, and the police are coming to get you, or watching your house. These are all false and should be reported to the police and  IRS as soon as possible.

Avoid being a victim of financial crimes.

 

financial-crimesMany victims leave checkbooks, credit cards and various forms of ID in their vehicles. Burglars are on high alert for that information because they know it will bring a good price on the market. Information the vehicle burglar obtains may not be used by him or her but will be traded for narcotics, cash or other valuable goods. The person receiving the items will then use it to commit various types of Financial Crime such as opening credit cards, lines of fast cash credit, bank loans, etc.  So remember, if you have a shredder use it. If you have  shredding service use it.  Avoid disposing of old check books, credit cards, ID’s etc.  in dumpsters.  The dedicated criminal is continuously looking  to obtain personal information for personal gain.

 

Man Arrested for Evading and Resisting Arrest

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Rodney Tate – 34

On 01-18-17, at approx 5:40pm, a WFPD officer attempted to stop black Nissan Rogue for a traffic offense in the 3600 Blk of Maplewood. Once positioned behind the offender vehicle, the officer observed the driver, later identified as 34 year old Rodney Tate, looking at him through his rear view and driver’s side mirrors. Once the traffic light at Maplewood/Lawrence turned green and just before the officer activated his vehicle’s overhead emergency lights, Tate threw his hands up in the vehicle while looking at the officer through his mirror. With light’s activated, the officer attempted to stop the vehicle but Tate continued to drive south on Lawrence by-passing several safe places to stop.  As Tate turned on to Callfield, the officer activated his siren to further signal for Tate to pull over. Tate continued driving on Callfield again by-passing several safe places to stop.

Tate finally stopped in the parking lot of 4114 Callfield, over 1 mile from where the officer initially tried to stop the vehicle.  Upon stopping, Tate exited his vehicle and quickly approached the officer’s vehicle.  The officer exited his vehicle and told Tate to return to his vehicle.  Tate did not comply.  Tate kicked off his shoes and clenched his fists and continued to approach the officer in a fighting stance.  The officer, after taking several steps back to avoid a confrontation, told Tate to get on the ground but he still refused to comply.  Instead, he took another step towards the officer.  The officer continued to give verbal commands and when Tate continually refused to comply, the officer deployed his taser and was able to take Tate in to custody without further incident.

Tate was taken to taken to jail and charged with Evading Arrest and Resisting Arrest.

Search Warrant Yields Large Amount of Marijuana and Marijuana Wax

On 01-13-17, the WFPD Organized Crime Unit executed a search warrant in the 4100 blk of Thomas. The search yielded approximately 7 pounds of Marijuana and 98 grams of Marijuana Wax.  The resident, 34 year old Benjamin Mobley, was arrested and charged with the following felony offenses:

  • Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG 2
  • Possession of Marijuana over 5 lbs

WFPD Arrest Man for Burglary of a Building

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Nicholas Hobbs

On Tuesday, January 17th, at approximately 12:40 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 600 block of Burnett in reference to a possible burglary of a building.  Upon arrival they spoke with the victim who stated that someone made forced entry into his auto shop and stole a 2006 white Dodge Charger that was parked inside.

According to witnesses they observed a white male driving the stolen Charger out of the shop at approximately 11:45 am.

Officers were able to locate the stolen vehicle in the 300 block of E Jefferson with its hood up and driver’s side door open.  They also located a white male who was identified as 25 year old Nicholas Hobbs, a former employee of the victim.  As officers were detaining Hobbs he advised officers that he had taken the vehicle in order to continue working on it.

Hobbs was transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with burglary of a building.

Iowa Park Man Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

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Michael Thomas White

On 01-16-17, at approx 2:10pm, WFPD officers stopped a maroon Chevrolet Impala after it failed to stop at the stop sign at Brook/Speedway. The driver was identified as 37 year old Michael Thomas White of Iowa Park. While officers were speaking to White, they could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Further investigation found White to be in possession numerous different types of pills, some in an envelope and others packaged in small clear plastic baggies.  White also had 2 outstanding warrants out for his arrest.  As a result of the stop, White was arrested and taken to jail on the following charges:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 3 >=28 grams
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 3
  • 2 County Warrants