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.
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.