Today at approximately 2:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were patrolling the area of Rhea Rd and Gossett Dr when they observed a grey Nissan Altima parked facing westbound in the eastbound lane of the 2900 block of Gossett Dr. Officers observed a white male exit the vehicle`s right passenger side and begin checking door handles on parked vehicles. After the male was done checking door handles he got back into the right rear passenger side of the Nissan Altima and it began to drive off westbound towards Rhea Rd.
Officers conducted a stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Gossett Dr and Rhea Rd. Contact was made with three occupants inside the vehicle. The driver was identified as 18 year old Nianicole Spence, the right rear passenger was identified as 20 year old Angel Medina and the front right passenger was identified as 17 year old Taylor Butler.
Officers had the three occupants exit the vehicle and detained them. Officers began looking around the vehicle and observed two different Visa credit cards with two different victims name on them lying on the front right passenger floorboard. The credit cards had the victims` names and a distinct 16 digit number on them. The credit cards did not belong to the occupants inside the vehicle. As officers reached in to pick them up they could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Officers began searching the vehicle and located a pink purse in the back seat. The pink purse had a United States passport card with victim`s name and a distinct 9 digit passport card number on it, making a total of three different victims. Officers also located a plastic bag containing a green leafy substance that rendered a positive for marijuana.
Officers located two of the victims who stated their vehicles were broken into and that the property officers located had been inside those vehicles.
Officers read all three suspects their Miranda warning and all three stated that they were party to the vehicle burglaries.
The suspects were transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where they were charged with two counts of burglary of a vehicle and fraudulent use or possession of identifying material. Butler also claimed ownership of the marijuana and was charged with that as well.
On Monday, July 2nd, at approximately 8:00 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 100 block of Evergreen in reference to a possible burglary of a storage building.
Upon arrival they spoke with a witness who stated that when he arrived to work he noticed that a lock to some storage units was cut off. The witness stated that he then went inside the storage unit to see if anyone was inside. When he walked inside he observed a black male with both of his arms full of tools standing in the storage unit. At this time the witness stated that the male subject dropped the items and stated “What`s up?” while raising his fists like he was about to fight. The witness stated that he exited the storage unit and locked the male subject inside and called police.
When officers opened the storage unit they observed the subject inside. He was identified as 31 year old Erik Brewer. Officers were able to get Brewer detained. He was found to be in possession of a pair of Kobalt pliers and bolt cutters that a victim stated had been in the bed of his truck.
Brewer was transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with burglary of a building and theft.
The Wichita Falls Police Department saw a 57% decrease in reports of vehicle burglaries with 37% fewer cars being broken into compared to two weeks ago. However, of the vehicles that were recently broken into only one vehicle showed signs of forced entry and of those broken into two handguns were reported stolen.
Due to the immediate and relentless response by the WFPD multiple arrests have been made regarding recent vehicle burglaries and the recovery of stolen firearms.
Even though the current statistics show a decrease in vehicle burglaries the main focus of the WFPD is still on reminding people of the dangers of leaving their vehicles unlocked and more importantly not to leave firearms unsecured.
The simple act of locking your vehicle will go a long way in preventing you from becoming the victim of a burglary. Even if your vehicle is parked inside your garage at night, locking it is still the recommendation of the police department. And at no time is it a good idea to leave a firearm in your vehicle unsecured. The last thing that any responsible gun owner would want to see happen is to have their firearm stolen and used in the commission of a crime where someone is hurt or killed.
It’s that time of year again when you wake up to the sound of lawnmowers, gas trimmers and electric hedgers turning neighborhood yards into manicured marvels. The smell of freshly cut grass is carried by the warm winds of a sunny day. The sounds and smells have motivated you to get out in your own yard and do some work. You go to get your tools only to have your summertime bliss evaporate into woe when you discover someone has stolen your tools.
You pick up the phone to call police and file a theft report. Once police arrive one of the questions they ask you is if you know the make, model and serial number of the property that was stolen. Your reply is, “no”. This is not uncommon, but it does make it more difficult for the police to recover your property without having some type of identifying information. Your stolen lawnmower will simply become one of hundreds of other lawnmowers without some type of identifying information that shows it belongs to you.
The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of a great tool available to them free of charge: Report It.
Report It is a proactive tool that allows you to easily catalog information about your valuables. This includes serial numbers, owner applied numbers, photos of property and scans of receipts. It’s completely internet based, so you never have to worry about losing the data you have saved.
Nobody expects to have their property lost, stolen or damaged, but if it does happen, you’ll need to be able to provide the information to law enforcement and your insurance provider.
You can use Report It to store identifying information of anything of value – think about collectibles, jewelry, electronics, machinery, lawn equipment, and even designer clothes and handbags.
Having identifying information, such as serial numbers, will go a long way in helping the police to get your stolen property back to you so you can get back to enjoying the sounds and smells of summer.
From May 7th to the 20th the Wichita Falls Police Department received 35 burglary of a vehicle reports. During the investigation it was determined that 45 vehicles had been broken into, none of which showed signs of forced entry. There were 12 handguns taken in the burglaries.
The WFPD would like to remind people that one of the best ways to help prevent from becoming a victim of vehicle burglary is to simply lock your vehicles, and a special reminder to not leave unsecured firearms in your vehicle.
Take, Lock, Hide. The basic crime fighting tool to help reduces 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 items with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in, and will move on.
- Park in areas that are not secluded. 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, will be identified.
There is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. You can make yourself less likely to be a victim of a burglary. Simply locking your vehicle and removing property from inside is half the battle.
On Monday, January 15th, at approximately 8:30pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department was dispatched to the 3000 block of Speedway in reference to a check suspicious person. Officers were advised that a subject wearing camo coveralls and a beanie was on the reporting parties back porch. When they confronted the subject he walked off in an unknown direction of travel.
Officers were able to locate a subject matching the suspect description at the intersection of Speedway and Avondale. The subject was identified as 44 year old Randy Konovsky. A records check revealed that Konovsky had an outstanding warrant for burglary of a building.
The warrant stemmed from a report that was taken back on December 19, 2017 in the 4600 block of Cypress at Rider High School. The reporting party stated that on December 15, 2017 between 3:05 pm and 3:44 pm a subject entered the school and began going to different offices and rooms within the school. The suspect caused damage to various filing cabinets and doors.
Konovsky was arrested on the warrant and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident.
On Monday, December 4th, at approximately 11:30 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 2100 block of Joline in reference to a burglary in progress. Upon arrival officers located the victim who was on the front porch arguing with the suspect, 40 year old Angela Everman.
The victim told officers that when they came home they discovered Everman naked inside their residence. The victim stated that Everman had turned on the gas to the stove and began eating the victim’s food to include cake, a salad, popcorn, a cookie and drank a Pepsi.
Everman spoke with officers and advised them that she broke a window to get into the apartment. She said once inside she washed her hair and ate some cake, tomatoes, and lettuce. She said the food was already inside the apartment when she entered and she did not pay for it. She said she had been at the apartment for about two hours but she did not have permission to be inside. Everman went on to tell officers that she chose the apartment because she remembered it from a long time ago and she knew the lay out.
Officers were able to see signs of forced entry into the residence by way of a window.
Everman was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where she was charged with burglary of a habitation.
On Saturday, December 2, at approximately 9:45 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1000 block of Covington in reference to a burglary of a habitation. The victim stated that a black male suspect wearing a camouflaged shirt walked into their home and just began picking things up and then walked back out.
When officers arrived they located 37 year old Shawn Bonner in the 1000 block of Covington. Bonner was wearing a pair of black house shoes and he was in possession of a large bag of cookies and a book of checks. The victim advised that the checks, house shoes and bag of cookies all came from his residence. The victim advised that Bonner did not have consent to enter his home and take his property.
Bonner was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where he was charged with burglary of a habitation.
On Monday, November 20th, at approximately 9:00 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 1300 block of 15th Street in reference to a possible burglary of a habitation in progress.
Upon arrival officers could hear movement coming from inside the residence and observed someone using a flashlight. Officers located a broken window on the side of the residence and heard someone climbing through it. When officers shined their flashlight on the suspect the suspect began to run. He was quickly caught in the 1500 block of Bluff and was identified as 17 year old Jose Villagomez.
Villagomez stated to officers that he and a friend, 17 year old Daniel Le, broke into the residence by breaking out a window on the side of the residence in order to smoke marijuana. Villagomez stated that Le was inside the residence when he went out the window and ran. Officers located a subject in the 1200 block of 16th Street who identified himself as Daniel Le.
Both, Villagomez and Le, were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without incident where they were charged with burglary of a habitation. Villagomez was also charged with evading.
Officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department made multiple burglary arrests over the weekend.
The first occurred on Saturday, October 7th, at approximately 11:15 pm in the 1000 block of Central Freeway at Castaway Cove. Officers responded to this location in reference to a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival they located 35 year old Steven Rodriguez and 43 year old Lisa Brumley inside one of the cabanas. There was also a pair of bolt cutters located near where they were. Officers were able to view a security video that showed Rodriguez using the bolt cutters to cut a hole in the fence surrounding the property. Officers also located a wheelbarrow near the fence where the hole was cut containing a water pump and a pressure washer valued at over $6,000.00.
Both Rodriguez and Brumley were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with burglary of a business.
The second burglary occurred on Sunday, October 8th, at approximately 8:00 pm in the 1800 block of 10th Street. Officers responded to this location in reference to a possible burglary in progress. Upon arrival they located 50 year old Victor Palmer and 48 year old Tammy Neal. Palmer advised that the residence belonged to a family member and he came to check on it. He stated that he found the front door unsecured and due to recent burglaries in the area he took a suitcase full of clothing, a vacuum cleaner, a cart of miscellaneous items, two decorative eagles and stereo equipment for safe keeping.
Officers made contact with the home owner and where advised that no one had permission to be in the residence or to take any property.
Both Palmer and Neal were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where they were charged with burglary of a habitation.