Friendswood Police Activity Report October 21-27, 2013
Wilderness Trails Subdivision Targeted for Mischief
Residents in the Wilderness Trails subdivision have been victimized by what police believe to be a teen vandal. Reports of alcohol thefts from refrigerators, stolen or damaged Halloween decorations and other acts of criminal mischief have been documented for more than a week now. The suspect profile for this crime spree is likely a teenage male, who lives in the area, and has a parent or parents who are not home at night. The suspect is likely on foot and has probably been seen by neighbors creeping around the neighborhood late at night.
Oct. 15 (5:50 p.m.) Sometime overnight, someone stole a bottle of champagne from a garage refrigerator in the 1400 block of Buttonwood Drive. The burglar entered a gated area and went into the garage.
Oct. 21 (8:37 a.m.) An officer responded to a residence in the 1500 block of Frontier Lane where the victim’s vehicle had been vandalized. Glue and bleach was poured all over the vehicle causing damage. The vehicle was located inside a closed but unlocked garage. No suspects were listed.
Oct. 21 (4:37 p.m.) Sometime overnight, suspects stole Halloween yard art from the front yard of a residence in the 1100 block of Glenshannon Avenue. A pumpkin patch display, one large pumpkin and one harvest boy were stolen. All three displays were made out of 2 foot by 3 foot pieces of plywood with PVC pipe on the back for mounting.
Oct. 21 (5:06 p.m.) Beer was stolen from a garage refrigerator and yard ornaments were damaged in the 1300 Buttonwood Drive.
Oct. 24 (4:55 p.m.) Sometime overnight, a vehicle was burglarized in the 1400 block of Buttonwood Drive. The victim walked into her garage and noticed that the garage door was ajar. She then noticed that the passenger door on the car was not completely closed. She opened the car door and noticed that everything from the glove box was now on the floorboard and seat. The only thing found missing was a quick-assist emergency hammer.
Oct. 22 (1:55 a.m.) Trash cans were set on fire in front of a residence in the 1500 block of Piney Woods Drive. The fire department responded and put out the fire.
In additional to these reports, police are also aware of other incidents that were not reported to police:
Two separate thefts of alcohol from an outdoor refrigerator in the 1500 block of Oak Hollow, a fence board kicked out at the park on Applewood and two Halloween decorations taken from a residence in the 1500 block of Oak Hollow.
The police department has increased presence in the neighborhood at night but is asking residents to report any suspicious activity, keep garage doors locked and make sure that teens are at home during curfew hours. Teens should not be surprised if they receive citations for curfew violations given the increased incidents of criminal activity in the subdivision.
Oct. 22 (11:06 a.m.) An unlocked vehicle parked in the 500 block of Belmont Drive was burglarized overnight. Taken during the burglary was a GPS and cell phone charger.
Oct. 22 (8:38 p.m.) Cory Khair Khan, 27, of League City, was charged with Theft and Public Intoxication. Officers responded to the Kroger at 3135 FM 528 for a report of a suspicious person. A witness called police and reported a man staggering around the parking lot and asking customers for money. Before police arrived, the man had entered the Kroger store and was seen stuffing merchandise down his pants. By the time officers found the man, he had already passed the registers and did not pay for the items that he concealed. When officer contacted Khan, he exhibited signs of intoxication including the smell of alcohol on his breath. Officers took Khan into custody for public intoxication. As they searched his clothing they found make up and small bags of coffee. Khan had also opened a Starbucks Coffee while inside the store. In all, Khan had $14.47 in stolen items.
Oct 24 (8:17 a.m.) Sometime between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., a purse was stolen out of a shopping cart at HEB, located at 701 W. Parkwood Avenue. The victim did not realize that her purse was gone until she arrived home.
Oct. 25 (9:31 a.m.) An officer took a theft of a firearm report at the Baymeadows Apartments, located at 17201 Blackhawk Blvd. Sometime between October 13 and October 25, a semi-automatic handgun was stolen out of the victim’s apartment. A suspect has been identified.
Oct. 25 (11:14 a.m.) Sometime between October 2 and October 12, two rings were stolen from a residence in the 500 block of Misty Lane. The victims were on vacation and allowed their 20-year old son to stay at the residence, but found out from neighbors that their son had several parties at the home during their absence. This residence was the scene of an apparent drug overdose on October 11 when a 23-year old Friendswood man was rushed to the hospital. Police believe the man had taken prescription pills and possibly Heroin. Two bags of Heroin were found in the residence.
Oct. 25 (10:03 p.m.) Officers responded to a theft at the Kroger located at 151 N. Friendswood Drive. A cashier told police that she saw a person she knows to be Zachary Blood enter the store. The cashier has witnessed Blood steal groceries and other merchandise from the store in the past, so she alerted her manager. They watched as Blood picked up a 12-pack of beer, a bottle of lighter fluid and a bag of charcoal. Blood walked back toward the front of the store, hung around for a short time before running out the front doors. The cashier yelled at Blood to stop. Blood dropped all of the merchandise and fled on foot. Officers searched for Blood but were unable to locate him.
Oct. 21 (5:44 p.m.) The Wedgewood Village Homeowners Association reported criminal mischief at Edenvale Park, located in the 15500 block of Blackhawk Blvd. Unknown persons cut the locks to door on the restroom building. The suspects damaged the storage room door and sprayed a fire extinguisher inside the storage room. Evidence was retrieved from the scene.
Oct. 25 (10:45 p.m.) Marie Ann Benson, 27, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury-family violence. Officers were dispatched to the Baymeadows Apartment at 17201 Blackhawk Blvd for a disturbance involving a knife. When police arrived, the victim was in her car with her four children in the parking lot. Officers entered the apartment to find Benson, but she was not there. While inside the apartment, officers noticed blood smeared on the wall. Benson is accused of grabbing the victim by the hair and hitting the victim in the face. An officer found Benson at a local bar and took her into custody. Officers later found that Benson had a warrant for her arrest charging her with Deadly Conduct.
Oct. 26 (5:30 p.m.) Timothy Lee Stanley, 44, of Friendswood, was charged with Assault by Contact-family violence. Officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 15500 block of Edenvale Street. When officers arrived, they contacted Stanley, who was highly intoxicated. Stanley is accused of pushing his brother into a wall.
Oct. 21 (2:43 p.m.) David Parrish, Jr., 26, of Houston, was charged with Possession of Marijuana. Parrish was stopped for expired registration in the 100 block of E. Parkwood Avenue. During contact with Parrish, the officer detected the strong smell of marijuana. During a search of the vehicle, officers found a black bag containing two smaller bags of marijuana.
Driving While Intoxicated
Oct. 26 (12:31 a.m.) Jason David Tindall, 38, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Tindall was stopped after he was observed speeding in the 100 block of Woodlawn Drive. Tindall turned onto W. Edgewood and accelerated at a high rate of speed and then turned onto S. Friendswood at an unsafe speed. It appeared as though, Tindall was attempting to elude police. He immediately pulled into a parking lot and attempted to exit his vehicle. Tindall exhibited signs of intoxication, including the smell of alcohol on his breath. He failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test.
Oct. 27 (3:10 a.m.) Brian Bui, 23, of Friendswood, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. Bui was speeding in the 300 block of Melody Lane. Bui did not immediately stop for the police cars lights and siren. Instead, he made three turns and pulled into a driveway in the 1000 block of Sable Drive. Bui had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. He failed a field sobriety test and refused a breath test.
Oct. 27 (3:13 a.m.) Rebecca Lauren Curtis, 22, of League City, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Resisting Arrest. Curtis was traveling at a high rate of speed in the 700 block of S. Friendswood Drive, passing other motorists, weaving outside her lane and narrowly missing hitting the median. During contact with Curtis, she exhibited signs of intoxication including the smell of alcohol on her breath. When asked to exit the vehicle, Curtis refused. Once she was extracted from the vehicle, she refused to walk to the police car. Curtis refused to provide a breath specimen.
Oct. 26 (11:19 p.m.) Cody Michael Wiebelhaus, 35, of Friendswood, was charged with violation of the noise ordinance, and Jared Byron Close, 34, of Friendswood, was charged with Public Intoxication. Officers were dispatched to a report of a loud party in the 900 block of Remington Court. There was a DJ in the back yard, playing unreasonably loud music. Wiebelhaus answered the door and was asked to turn down the music, but he refused. Wiebelhaus told the officer that he was a lawyer and that there was nothing that the officer could do about the loud music. He was wrong. The officer took Wiebelhaus into custody for violating the noise ordinance. Party goers began arguing with the officer. Once other officers arrived, all but one dispersed. Close refused to go back inside the house and exhibited signs of intoxication. Close was taken into custody for public intoxication.
Oct. 24 (11:57 p.m.) Korey Duff Chapman, 20, of Webster, was charged with No Insurance in the 3700 block of Friendswood Link Road. Chapman was driving with defective equipment, was stopped and did not have proof of insurance.
TIP OF THE WEEK
Halloween is just the beginning of the yard decoration season. Thieves who covet your expensive and attractive lawn decorations might decide to take them when you least expect it. Protecting your holiday decorations means planning carefully from the moment you pick them out. You can choose among several cost-effective protection methods as well more expensive options to keep your lawn decorations where they belong – in your yard.
1 Buy heavy, bulky lawn decorations such as life-sized statues. Larger decorations are more trouble to steal and move quickly, which reduces the chance of theft.
2 Pound a rebar or metal stake into the ground directly behind your lawn decoration using a rubber mallet. Attach the decoration to the stake using sturdy rope or chain, preferably through holes or openings in the back of the decoration to hide them from view. This makes it more difficult for a thief to quickly snatch the lawn decoration.
3 Dig a shallow hole with a shovel. Stir fast-set concrete with water in a wheelbarrow, per package instructions, and scoop it into the hole with a trowel. Use the trowel to level the concrete, then set the lawn decoration on top. Cover the foundation with mulch to hide it from view.
4 Lay a large, heavy piece of wood on the ground. Set the lawn decoration on top of the wood, and secure it to the wood with wood bolts using a socket wrench or power driver. This method is best used with decorations that have built-in mounting holes on the base. If yours doesn't have holes, you might be able to drill holes with a masonry drill -- it depends on how your decoration is configured.
5 Install motion-activated security lights on the outside of your home facing your lawn decorations. When a person walks into your yard after dark, the lights automatically turn on. Thieves prefer the cover of darkness and are less likely to steal your decorations when in the spotlight.
6 Install small GPS tracking devices on your lawn decorations in inconspicuous places, such as inside hollow decorations or along the base. These can be pricey to purchase and to pay for the monthly tracking service, but they allow you to locate your decorations if they are stolen.