WFPD Throwback Thursday

scan00551981 – Coyal “Bud” Francis Jr, President of the Kiwanis Club, presents WFPD Officers Rodney Busby and Bill Pursley with the latest set of “Cowboys, Cops, and Kids” trading cards.  The cards, which featured Dallas Cowboys players and crime prevention tips, were passed out to by police to children in the community.  If anyone in our community still has one of these cards, we would love to see it.  Please contact Officer Jeff Hughes at jeff.hughes@wfpd.net

Drugs and Guns Seized In Traffic Stop

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On 6/12/15 at approx. 1028 hrs. Officers from the Drug Interdiction Unit observed a vehicle in the 1400 block of Central Frwy traveling 81mph in a 60mph speed zone. Officers conducted a traffic stop and the driver of the vehicle appeared to be very nervous. K-9 Officer Kuno alerted on the vehicle and search incident to that alert revealed 3.5 pounds of marijuana and two handguns inside the vehicle. The driver, 22 y/oTerrance Whitfield, and passenger, 23 y/o Tikita Gamble, were both arrested for Possession of Marijuana – State Jail Felony and Unlawful Carrying of A Weapon. The vehicle, a 2009 Lexus, was impounded for possible seizure.

Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Arrest

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On 6/12/15 at approx. 1300 hrs Officers stopped a mustang at 10th and Fillmore for a moving violation. Investigation revealed the passenger, 22 year old Ryan Gray, had a small amount of marijuana and 8.2 grams of Methamphetamine on his person. The driver, 53 year old John Sturm, had 66 grams of Methamphetamine on his person. Both Sturm and Gray were arrested for Manufacture and Delivery of Controlled Substance, Gray was also charged with Possession of Marijauna. The vehicle was impounded for possible seizure.

WFPD Throwback Thursday

  Curtis Harrelson led the Wichita Falls Police Department as its chief for 20 years between 1977 and 1997. From helping the city through the aftermath of the 1979 tornado to making sure the WFPD was nationally accredited to collaborating with the community to develop the Crime Stoppers program, Harrelson had a hand in a long list of accomplishments. He retired in 1997 after 35 years of service.  Chief Harrelson passed away in 2009.

WFPD Warns of Possible Door to Door Scam

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Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department are currently investigating a possible scam they may be taking place here in our City and the surrounding area.

The WFPD has received information that a white male (approximately 27 years of age) and a white female (approximately 25 years of age) are possibly going to door to door in neighborhoods in an attempt to scam residents out of cash. The male and female may be accompanied by a small white female child (less than 6 years of age).

Initial information indicates that members of the group will knock on doors and solicit the residents to buy items out of a brochure. The group will take the order and then take cash payment for the order, without the intent of ever providing the ordered merchandise to the customer.

The group has operated under the cover of a PTA fundraiser in the past, but their tactics may have adapted now that school is no longer in session. In the past, suspects have solicited victims to buy candy, nuts, popcorn, etc. If someone approaches you soliciting payment for future services, please do not hesitate to ask questions.  If they are legitimate they will be able to provide the proper answers and credentials.

Be especially cautious of new charities that spring up after natural disasters or around the holidays. Both occasions bring out the generosity in all of us as well as the greediness of scammers.

Be careful of donations for police and firefighters. Many scammers pretend to be collecting for these groups. Check with the local police or fire departments before your give away your money. Be aware of the scammer’s favorite trick, the “sound alike” charity. Scammers are clever when it comes to inventing names for nonexistent charities that sound remarkably similar to real charities.

If you believe you may have been a victim of this scam or a similar scam, please make a report with your local law enforcement agency. It is imperative that victims report such a crime, even if the dollar amount stolen is relatively small.