The Dec. 9 Zoom meeting of the Kingwood Service Association (KSA) Public Safety Committee was both brief on business and short in time. However, Houston Police Department (HPD) Officer Jesse Morales unexpectedly grabbed the attention of everyone as he presented his monthly Kingwood Crime Report in a way that focused more on the stories behind the codes and numbers.
“Of the 13 auto thefts, there were five in apartment complexes, two that were repossessions. One was interesting where the owner of the vehicle said he left his keys in the vehicle while it was in the garage and left a $35,000 Rolex and $5,000 worth of clothes and basically said the vehicle was stolen,” Morales said.
He added that two of the other thefts involved motorcycles, one of which was possibly a repossession. There was one suspect arrested in Baytown regarding the actual motorcycle theft. There was another report that involved the unauthorized use of a vehicle rather than outright auto theft. “We are following up on that,” Morales said.
“There were 37 BMVs [burglary of a motor vehicle]. There were three pistols stolen and a shotgun taken from a vehicle. They [the thieves] were targeting tools, toolboxes and equipment. There was $1,870 in cash taken, three purses, three cell phones and wallets and credit and debit cards,” he said.
Morales explained that 13 vehicles were left unlocked and another 13 where the windows were broken.
“That tells me there was something left that was visible that the suspects were interested in, so they broke in to get it,” Morales said.
“Moving on to burglaries, there were 18 in November. There was clothing and alcohol stolen in some of them. Four of the incidents appear to be of a criminal trespass nature where they were on the property but actually did not take anything,” Morales said.
He explained that one of the trespass incidents resulted in the suspect being arrested but the victim declined to press charges.
“There were three doors that were unlocked and there was one window unlocked and opened. In one of the incidents the suspect was arrested and charged with burglary in relation to the intent to commit assault,” Morales said.
He said that in these burglaries two firearms were stolen. Three of the properties were still under construction and construction materials were removed. There was one burglary where the garage door was left open, the suspect identified, and an arrest warrant filed.
“There were 22 criminal mischief incidents. Four were attempted BMVs where nothing was taken. There were eight vehicles vandalized. One sign on the side of a building was removed. The rest were related to political signs,” Morales said.
Morales noted there were 36 thefts, not unusual for the time of year. However, he highlighted how negligence plays a role, especially regarding firearms.
“We had a theft of a firearm. The owner left it on the top of his trunk unsecured and walked away. I guess he forgot about it, came back the next day and it was gone. There was another one where the gun was stolen from the inside of the vehicle. Of course, the door was not locked,” Morales said.
“There were two robbing incidents. One complainant was robbed leaving a Walmart. There were leads [to suspects] and the complainant does not want to press charges on the incident. There was another where somebody was walking down the street in a neighborhood where the suspects were in a vehicle,” Morales said and provided no further details.
Morales explained that there were nine thefts from motor vehicles where parts of the vehicle were stolen rather than contents in the vehicle. “Eight of them were catalytic converters. Other items taken from them included wheels, rims, a tailgate and Christmas lights,” he said.
There was one sex offense of indecent exposure at a Sonic restaurant where the suspect exposed himself to the employee and then left when the employee went to report him to the manager. There was also one sexual assault. Morales said it was between a husband and wife: “The case has been assigned to the adult sex crimes investigations unit.
“I know it’s a lot to process, a lot to take in, but I tried to give a little more information,” he said.
Connie Savage responded with a loud, “Wow! That was one of the most thorough reports we have received.” Everyone on the conference call agreed. Chairman Marshall Settegast thanked Morales and Kingwood Station Commander Megan Howard for such a fine, comprehensive report.
The next KSA Public Safety Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at the South Woodland Hills Community Room, 2038 Shadow Rock Drive. The public is invited to attend. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, one is encouraged to call the Kingwood Association Management office at 281-358-5192 a day or two before to confirm if the meeting is still scheduled as planned or if it will take place as a Zoom teleconference.