Category Archives: Community Outreach

Protect It or Someone May Steal Your Stuff

The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to inform citizens about auto burglaries occurring in the city.    With the upcoming summer months, and the possibility that friends and family may visit our city and stay at local hotels, the police department wants to pass on information that it has gathered during the month of May.

 From May 1 to May 27, there have been 69 reports of auto burglaries at hotels and motels citywide.

Auto burglaries are occurring in hotel and motel parking lots every day of the week.  On the average there are more than 2 reported every day.

78% of the auto burglaries occurred between 6 PM and 2 AM.

42% of the time the victim’s vehicle was unlocked.

Miscellaneous power and work tools are by far the most targeted items taken from vehicles.  The second most common items taken are personal devices such as cell phones and laptops.  Followed by purses, wallets and backpacks.

50 of the 69 vehicles targeted were trucks.
24 were Ford F-series
16 were GMC / Chevrolet
5 were Toyota Tundra
5 were Dodge Ram

The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to warn our citizens that these types of crimes are occurring in our city.  The department does have strategies it plans to implement to address these crimes but we also ask that citizens do their part in protecting their property.

Please be sure to always hide belongings from view. 

Two Suspects Use Brick To Enter Store

DATE: May 17, 2015    3:45 AM
LOCATION: 5700 South Alameda Street
OFFENSE: Burglary
P.C. 30.02   State Jail Felony
CASE NUMBER: 1505170034

Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of two suspects that they believe broke the front glass door of a Stripes Store, located at 5702 South Alameda Street,  and went inside.

The two male suspects used a brick to break the glass and entered the business that was closed. One of the suspects goes to the beer cooler and takes 2 twelve packs of beer.   The second male runs behind the counter and takes two packs of cigarettes.   Both suspects then exit the front door through the broken glass of the front door.

Both suspects appear to be Hispanic males.  One of the suspects was in a green shirt and black jeans. He attempts to use his shirt to cover part of his face while standing at the cooler.  The second suspect, who is standing at the cigarette shelf, was wearing a black shirt with graphics on the back, blue jeans and a black baseball cap turned backwards.

The suspects in this case have not been identified and Detectives need your help in solving this crime.  Anyone with information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Division at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Suspect 1 at cooler

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Suspect 2 walking behind counter

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Suspect 2 at cigarette shelf

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.

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.

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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NVID Conducts Operation

On 5/19/15 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 was a two part operation which involved regulatory inspections and had the following results:

Rose Spa 3517 S. Staples

2 arrests
Two adult females were arrested.
One female 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.
One female was charged with a violation of the Occupations Code in operating a massage establishment without a license.

China Spa 5315 Everhart

2 arrests
Two adult females were arrested.
One female was arrested for a violation of the Occupations Code for massage without a license involving sexual contact.
One female was arrested for a violation of the Occupations code for operating a massage establishment without a license.

Herbal Massage 5702 S. Staples

1 arrest
One adult female was arrested under the Occupations Code for Practice by a Massage Therapist (Sexual Contact)

Regulatory actions only:

Spa Massage 6601 Everhart #D4

Two adult females detained
OC 455.205 Massage Therapy (Operator) not a licensed establishment

Massage 5888 Everhart Unit B

One adult female detained
OC 455.205 Massage Therapy (Operator) not a licensed establishment

No other information will be available this evening.

Free Child Safety Seat Inspection

In conjunction with the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign, the Corpus Christi Police Department and the Texas Department of Transportation are teaming up this weekend to focus on properly buckling up and keeping Texas’ youngest passengers safe.

As part of the campaign’s special enforcement period, which begins May 18 and runs through May 31, there will be a free child safety seat inspection at the Corpus Christi Police Island Substation located on Mustang Island at the corner of Zahn Road and State Highway 361.

This event is taking place this Saturday, May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Officer Nominated for Top Cop Award

Each year since 1994 NAPO has presented the TOP COPS Awards® Ceremony. The purpose of the TOP COPS Awards® is to educate the American public about our nation’s heroes and to pay tribute to law enforcement officers in federal, state, county, tribal and local agencies from across the country for actions above and beyond the call of duty during the preceding year. Our TOP COPS are nominated by fellow officers.  An independent Awards Selection Committee comprised of national law enforcement representatives select, from hundreds of nominations, one TOP COP case from each of the 50 States and U.S. territories.  Officers from the top ten cases are selected as our  TOP COPS Award® Winners.

Senior Officer Amador Gonzalez has been nominated and will attend the 22nd Annual National Association of Police Organizations’ TOP COP Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday May 12, 2015.

On March 20, 2014, Senior Officer Amador Gonzalez was responding to assist a fellow officer who was attempting to make contact with a person who fit the description of a prowler. As Officer Gonzalez was arriving on scene, he observed the suspect pull out a gun and begin firing at him and Officer S. Goodman. Seconds later, he witnessed the other officer go down after being hit in the neck and leg. Officer Gonzalez immediately returned fire, wounding the suspect in the chest. The suspect then got into one of the patrol vehicles and attempted to flee the scene. In his attempt to evade capture, the suspect struck a telephone pole and was apprehended. Despite being wounded, Officer Gonzalez rushed to the aid of his fellow officer who was severely bleeding and applied a tourniquet. Officer Gonzalez, who was also wounded, tended to his own injuries until help could arrive. Officer Gonzalez’ selfless service, helped to save the life of a fellow officer. Officer Gonzalez was awarded the Police Medal of Honor by the Corpus Christi Police Department for displaying exceptional bravery while facing imminent risk of serious bodily injury and the Police Shield for sustaining injury.