Corpus Christi Police Officer Discovers ATM Scam

Date: Friday, May 22, 2015, 14:12
Location: 5202 Interstate Highway 37 Access Road
Offense: Credit Card Abuse
Case Number: 1505220086

A Corpus Christi Police Officer’s keen attention as he used the automated teller machine at a convenience store Friday afternoon may have caused him to avoid becoming a victim of Credit Card Abuse.

A Corpus Christi Police Officer used the ATM machine at a store located at 5202 Interstate Highway 37 Access Road at 2pm Friday afternoon and noticed the plastic piece was loose when he slid in his ATM card into the machine. The Officer thought the piece was not seated properly and suspected the piece may not have been placed by the manufacturer and then the Officer pulled off the plastic piece which confirmed his suspicion. The Officer also noticed an additional piece above the card slot and discovered a camera. The Officer notified the store employees and the bank which owns the ATM. The bank sent a technician and confirmed to the officer that the two pieces the Officer discovered were not part of the machine. The Officer and store employees searched the store video and believe they have images of two suspects who placed the items on the machine at about 11:40am that day. The Officer took the two pieces to place in the evidence locker along with the copy of the video for Financial Crimes Detectives to investigate.

The suspects are two males and a more specific description may be provided at a later time after certain witnesses may be interviewed and Detectives attempt to identify the suspects. Meanwhile, the public is urged to conduct a careful review of ATM statements and notify their bank of any possible fraudulent charges. Anyone who used the ATM machine at the store at 5202 IH 37 Access between 11:40am and 2:00pm should pay careful attention to their bank statements and contact the Corpus Christi Police Financial Crimes Detectives at 886-2840.

A Corpus Christi Police Officer found these two pieces on an ATM Machine which are believed to be used for a scam
A Corpus Christi Police Officer found these two pieces on an ATM Machine which are believed to be used for a scam. This shows the back of the green piece which has electronics believed to store card information.
This is a front view of the green piece which is where the ATM cards are slid into the machine.
This is a front view of the green piece added to the ATM by suspected scammers which is where the ATM cards are slid into the machine.

To reduce the risk of this type of criminal activity, the public should have the habit of using the same ATM machines in order to be familiar with the machine and recognize when there are alterations to the machine they use. Never rely on the help of a stranger to retrieve a confiscated or stuck ATM card. Do not use an ATM where people loiter nearby. Beware of ATM machines with an unusually large amount of warnings or signs as those may conceal extra parts used for scams. If you use an unfamiliar ATM, it is best to use one in a building such as a bank, and look over it carefully for any parts that may be “add ons” and not installed by the manufacturer. If you notice any alterations to the ATM, notify the local law enforcement agency right away.

Zahn Rd Closed Due To High Water

The Corpus Christi Police Department has closed Zahn Road on Padre Island due to high water.  This is the main access road that leads from State Highway 361 onto the beach just past the Packery Channel bridge.  Zahn Road will be closed until further notice.  Anyone that wants to access the beach will be directed to the Newport Pass access road that is less than a mile down State Highway 361.  If the high water recedes the road will be reopened.

Patrol Report 05/22/2015

The Corpus Christi Police Department generated 209 reports for formal criminal complaints from midnight May 21 to 7:00 a.m. on May 22, 2015. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.

 

“BRAVO” District
Date: 05/21/2015       12:20 PM
Location: 7600 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Theft
P.C. 31.03       Class A Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1505210054
Corpus Christi Police were called after a male suspect attempted to steal 19 pairs of sunglasses and a couple of shirts from the Premier Yamaha Shop located at 7601 South Padre Island Drive.

Once outside, the male suspect attempted to flee the store, but was chased down by several store employees. He was held for a while, but he managed to escape by running across the freeway and into an apartment complex.

The male suspect dropped all of the property he was attempting to steal but left behind the motorcycle he drove up on.

Officers arrived at the store, and while they did not find the suspect, they did impound the 2003 Yamaha motorcycle.

The store employees told officers that the value of all the merchandise that the suspect attempted to steal was over $1000.

Officers continue to investigate this case, however, at this time no suspects have been arrested.

 

Continue reading Patrol Report 05/22/2015

Financial Crimes Detectives Raid Home

The Corpus Christi Police SWAT assisted Financial Crimes Detectives from the Police Criminal Investigations Unit with a search warrant at 4837 Williams Drive early Thursday morning.

A search warrant for the home was obtained after detectives received information that a counterfeiting operation was using the location.

SWAT officers secured the scene and handed over the home to detectives investigating the case.

Inside the home officers found two females and a male. The male suspect inside, Johnny Valle (08/23/1982) was determined to have an outstanding arrest warrant for probation violation.

Detectives recovered drug paraphernalia and a set of blank check stock inside the home. Other items seized inside the home included prescription pills, bags for packaging narcotics, several pipes, and a scale.  Detectives will also be investigating a security camera system, and computers found at the location.

The male suspect was arrested for the outstanding warrant.  The two females were identified and released.

Special Operations On Beach Begin Today

The Corpus Christi Police Department will begin special operations for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend later today.

The overtime assignment will bring seven additional officers to Padre Island starting today through Memorial Day.  The extra officers will  work  from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m everyday.

The officers will meet at the Tortuga Dunes Island Substation and be available to assist Memorial Day weekend crowds that want to enjoy the beach.

Floodwaters Close LaBonte Park

At the request of the Corpus Christi Police Department, the Texas Department of Transportation today closed the turnaround under Interstate 37 that provides access to LaBonte Park due to floodwaters from the Nueces River.

The closure prevents access to the popular park and it will be in place until further notice. People are urged to avoid the area.

 

Click It or Ticket Update

Corpus Christi Police Officers have been working on an overtime basis through a grant provided by the Texas Department of Transportation to enforce the states seat belt laws.

As of May 20,

130  citations have been issued to drivers and passengers without seat belts on.

18  citations have been issued to drivers for children in the vehicle not in car safety seats.

38  citations have been issued  to drivers for other violations such as expired vehicle registration or inspection or for no liability insurance.

The Click It or Ticket campaign started May 18 and continues through May 31.

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Patrol Report 05/21/2015

The Corpus Christi Police Department generated 191 reports for formal criminal complaints from midnight May 20 to 7:00 a.m. on May 21, 2015. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.

 

 

“ADAM” District
Date: 05/20/2015       5:05 PM
Location: 9100 Agnes Street
Offense: Injured Child
Case Number: 1505200080
A woman who was rushing a mother and her child to the hospital called Corpus Christi Police after her car overheated.  The woman  was driving the three to the hospital after the child had burned his stomach.

The woman, the child’s 23 year old mother, and the 5 year old boy were all eating dinner at the woman’s home located in the 9100 block of Agnes Street.  They said that the child was in another room, playing with a lighter, when he set his shirt on fire.

The two women were able to put the fire out.  They then observed that the boy had suffered serious burns to his stomach. All three loaded up in the woman’s car and were on their way to Driscoll Children’s Hospital when the car overheated near Louisiana Parkway.

The mother then called 911 to get assistance.  CCFD EMS transported the child the remainder of the way to the hospital.

Medical staff informed officers that due to the child’s burns, he was being transferred to a burn center in Galveston, Texas.

Officers do not expect to file any criminal charges in this case.
Continue reading Patrol Report 05/21/2015

Massage Parlor Arrests

On Tuesday,  The Narcotics Vice Investigations Division and Directed Patrol Officers of the Corpus Christi Police Department, in conjunction with Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations, conducted an operation focused on several local massage parlors. The operation was a result of an increase in citizen complaints directed at the massage parlors for engaging in illegal activity. This  operation produced the following arrests.

 

Rose Spa
3517 S. Staples

Fen Hua Shen Baza (12/10/1972) was charged with prostitution and a violation of the Occupations Code in practicing massage therapy without a license and operating a massage establishment without a license.
Caihong Tan (01/24/1959) was charged with a violation of the Occupations Code in operating a massage establishment without a license.

 

China Spa
5315 Everhart Road

Dong Hong Wang (06/01/1975) was arrested for a violation of the Occupations Code for massage without a license involving sexual contact.
Xiuqin Liu (10/20/1964) was arrested for a violation of the Occupations code for operating a massage establishment without a license.

 

Herbal Massage
5702 S. Staples Street

Yanjie Zhang (08/09/1968) was arrested under the Occupations Code for Practice by a Massage Therapist

Patrol Report 05/20/2015

The Corpus Christi Police Department generated 201 reports for formal criminal complaints from midnight May 19 to 7:00 a.m. on May 20, 2015. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.

 

“ADAM” District
Date: 05/19/2015       10:05 PM
Location: 10300 River Run Boulevard
Offense: Retaliation
P.C.  36.06      Third Degree Felony
Case Number: 1505190145
Corpus Christi Police responded to a disturbance between a female and her ex-boyfriend at her apartment located at 10342 River Run Boulevard.

When officers arrived they found the ex-boyfriend on the porch knocking on the female’s apartment door. When officers went to investigate, they determined the male was wanted on a parole violation arrest warrant by the United State Marshall Office.

Once the male was arrested, and his vehicle located, officers found pills without a prescription inside the center console.  Officers arrested, Rosendo Amador (07/28/1981), for the outstanding arrest warrant and possession of dangerous drugs.

While being transported to the City Detention Center in a police unit, the suspect kicked the back door of the car.  The door frame was bent as a result of the suspect kicking the door.  The suspect also made threats to harm the officer and his family while being transported.

The suspect was additionally charged with criminal mischief for damaging the door frame, a Class Misdemeanor, and retaliation, a felony, for making the threats.

 

Continue reading Patrol Report 05/20/2015

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