Officers 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.
On Wednesday July 31st at approximately 10:15 pm officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department located a stolen red 2008 Chevrolet HHR in the 5000 block of Lake Park DR. When officers attempted to conduct a stop on the vehicle the driver refused and began to evade officers in the vehicle.
During the course of the pursuit officers were able to position themselves to deploy spike strips. The vehicle hit the strips but continued to evade until the driver struck a divider on Central Freeway. The suspect, who was later identified as 30 year old Anthony Steine, exited the vehicle and began to run from officers. Officers caught up to Steine and placed him into custody in the in the 1700 block of 5th Street.
Steine was transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with theft and evading. He also had an outstanding warrant that was served as well.
On Monday, July 22nd, at approximately 8:47 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 1800 block of 8th in reference to a possible burglary. Upon arrival officers located a male subject who was later identified as 37 year old Freddy Flores near a storage shed in the backyard of the complex. When officers arrived Flores began to walk away and appeared to be signaling a second suspect. Officers were able to detain Flores.
Officers spoke with a witness who stated that they observed Flores and a second suspect kick in the door to the shed and attempt to take a large item which was later determined to be a dehumidifier. Officers began speaking with the owner of the property who stated that the second suspect who was identified as 27 year old Tommy Romine was in their office and he had admitted to stealing an air conditioner. Officers located the stolen air conditioner in one of the apartments.
Both Flores and Romine were arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail without further incident. Flores was charged with burglary of a building and Romine was charged with burglary of a building as well as burglary of a habitation.
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.
On Monday April 8th at approximately 8:45 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 4800 block of Johnson Rd in reference to a possible burglary. Upon arrival officers spoke with the victim who stated that 22 year old Ryan Downey forced entry into her apartment, assaulted her, stole a necklace, took her car keys and drove off with her 2013 black Chevrolet Impala.
WFPD Officers observed a 2013 black Chevrolet Impala driving in the area of McNiel and Call Field and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle, who was later identified as Downey, refused to pull over and began to speed away in an apparent attempt to evade police. Downey struck a curb in the 4300 block of Seymour Rd at which time he jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. He was caught by officers in the 4300 block of Seymour Hwy.
Downey was transported to the Wichita County jail without further incident where he was charged with burglary of a habitation, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading.
The Wichita Falls Police Department has seen an increase in vehicle 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.
Today, at approximately 4:00 am, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were dispatched to the 4500 block of Jacksboro Hwy to United Express in reference to a burglar alarm at that location.
Upon arrival officers observed that the rear drive-thru window of the business had been opened and coins and cigarettes were scattered on the ground near the window.
Officers were given additional information by WFPD dispatch that they were receiving location alerts from a cash bag that had been equipped with a tracking device that had been taken from the store. The tracker indicated that the bag was in the 1500 block of South Winds.
Officers responded to that area and located a subject who was later identified as 45 year old Stephen Maxwell in the backyard of a resident in the 4500 block of Westridge. This address is in close proximity to the 1500 block of South Winds. Officers observed Maxwell to be in possession of a grey cash bag that contained two twenty dollar bills and multiple decoy bills that had the tracking device mixed in with them. Stephens also had in his possession pliers, screwdrivers, a pick and gloves.
Maxwell was arrested and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with burglary and criminal trespass.
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.
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.