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Police Begin Summer Crime Initiative Sunday

Officer Eric Smith on Beach Patrol for the Coprus Christi Police
Officer Eric Smith visits with visitors while on Beach Patrol

The Corpus Christi Police Department will begin to conduct a Summer Crime Initiative for the 4th consecutive year this Sunday. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure the safety of our community and the tourists who visit our city during the summer months. In order to accomplish this goal, the police department will take proactive steps that will include the Uniform Patrol Division, Narcotics Unit, Traffic Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, Public Information Office, and Parking Enforcement Unit. In addition to officers from the CCPD we will work in conjunction with other law enforcement partners from our area.

The Summer Crime Initiative will run from June 21st through the Labor Day weekend. Traditionally, during this time frame, most school districts are out for the summer which has the potential to lead to a rise in juvenile crime, traffic related issues, and gang issues. The police department will work to combat any rise in crimes against persons and crimes against property. The listed units will conduct on-going operations that will target the following areas of concern:

  1. Juvenile crimes to include curfew violations
  2. Burglaries to include auto and home
  3. Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle
  4. Graffiti
  5. Gang related crimes
  6. Traffic related offenses
  7. Parole and probation checks
  8. Sex offender checks
  9. Bar checks

The police department will work with the media via the Public Information Office to announce our initiatives and our efforts in working to keep all citizens safe. The PIO will utilize the print, television, and social media to ensure that citizens are aware of the efforts of the department as well as public service projects that will be available.

Our partner agencies will include:

  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice Parole Division
  • Nueces County District Attorney’s Office
  • Nueces County Community Supervision & Corrections
  • Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department
  • Corpus Christi Juvenile Assessment Center
  • Corpus Christi Code Enforcement

Uniform Patrol Division

The Uniform Patrol Division which includes the Traffic Unit will work to be pro-active during this initiative. Patrol supervisors will look to capture data and statistics that will assist in allocating resources and deploying them in an effective manner. The Uniform Patrol Division will also staff a temporary Padre Island sub-station. The purpose of this sub-station will be to provide an opportunity for all citizens and tourists to receive information, get directions, purchase beach parking stickers, have a police report written, and to have additional public service events available. The Police Athletic League will also work with young citizens to provide activities that are conducive to a safe and peaceful summer. The Patrol Division will focus on the following areas:

  • Curfew violations
  • Underage drinking
  • Driver’s license and insurance checkpoints
  • Burglary patrols driven by up to date crime statistics
  • Bar Checks
  • Beach Patrols
  • Open a temporary island sub-station to service visitors and residents
  • Graffiti Patrols and clean up efforts
  • Assist with sex offender, parole, probation checks
  • Speed Enforcement
  • Distracted Driver Enforcement
  • DWI enforcement
  • Illegal Parking Enforcement

The Narcotics Unit will look to improve the quality of life in the area that surrounds the uptown neighborhood and business district. They will conduct narcotic investigations and prostitution stings in an effort to reduce crime and the perception of crime.

Criminal Investigations Division

Auto theft will conduct bait operations during the summer targeting auto burglars.

CID will also target high profile registered sex offenders in the city to ensure that they are in compliance with all laws and conditions of probation and registration.

Gang Unit

The Gang Unit will look to reduce crime committed by gang members by ensuring that all gangs that are currently on the injunction list are in compliance with the conditions of the order. In addition to these efforts the Gang Unit will also look to impact gang crimes by:

  • Conducting bar inspections at locations frequented by gang members
  • Targeting specific neighborhoods in response to increased gang activity
  • Compliance checks on gang members that are registered sex offenders
  • React operations due to major gang related offenses
  • Gang prevention presentations

Conduct warrant round ups of gang members

Wanted Man Turns Himself In

Date: 06/07/2015       5:45 PM
Location: 500 King Street
Offense: Robbery  **UPDATE***
Case Number: 1506070105
Raymond Cuellar (03/16/1994), who was wanted on two separate arrest warrants, turned himself into his probation officer this morning.  Detectives had issued a warrant for him after he robbed a 21 year old man that he lured into playing basketball with him at a park in the 500 block of King Street back on June 7th.  He assaulted the man and stole his car.

The suspect had a previous arrest warrant out for his arrest for an aggravated assault that occurred on May 31, 2015.

Both warrants have $60, 000 bond amounts.

 

 

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Increases Reward Amounts and Improves Customer Experience

The Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Board of Directors announced several changes including increased rewards and new marketing products to improve services to the community and to help make Corpus Christi safe.

New Logo for the  Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers June 2015
New Logo for the
Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers
June 2015

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers has increased the maximum reward to $2,500 dollars. This is the first increase in rewards for the Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers since the organization began in October, 1981. The anonymous tips provided to Crime Stoppers which result in an arrest are eligible for cash rewards. The amount of the rewards is related to the nature of the crime and the Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers has a matrix to determine the amount for each circumstance. The matrix has been adjusted to increase all the rewards paid out by the Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers beginning Monday June 15, 2015. The Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers approved $18,030 dollars in rewards in 2014 and has approved $26,810 dollars in rewards for 2015 as of June 11, 2015. The Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers chose to increase the amount of the rewards to adjust for the rate of inflation and to encourage participation to make Corpus Christi a safer community.

The Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers program operates solely by donations and are not funded by tax dollars. The Board of Directors is a group of volunteers in the community and they believe they will be able to sustain the increase in the reward amounts based on the previous five years of activity. The Board of Directors would like to let the community know there is a need for donations to keep up with operating expenses and to make sure the rewards are paid, so any donation would gladly be accepted. Anyone interested to donate to the Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers may send payment to P.O. Box 4287, Corpus Christi, Texas 78469. Anyone who would like to participate with Crime Stoppers may send an email to Cccs1981@yahoo.com.

The Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers has also launched a new logo for a more updated appearance for the organization. The Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers informs the community of unsolved crimes through broadcast media on KZTV, KRIS, & KORO television stations; on Clear Channel, Convergent and Malkan Interactive radio stations; and social media such as Facebook and youtube. The Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers is also conducting a redesign of their website to improve the customer experience.

The Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers provides an avenue for the citizens of Corpus Christi to report crimes anonymously through the use of a hotline and pays rewards to anonymous tipsters.

Man Wanted On Two Warrants PIO2

Date: 06/07/2015       5:45 PM
Location: 500 King Street
Offense: Robbery  **UPDATE***
Case Number: 1506070105
A 21 year old male victim called Corpus Christi Police after he was assaulted at a park in the 500 block of King Street.

The male victim told officers that a man that he knew lured him to the park by saying he wanted to play basketball.  When the victim arrived, the man accused him of seeing his girlfriend.  The victim was then jumped by the man and two other males.

The victim suffered several wounds to his face, forehead mouth and eyes as a result of being assaulted by the three men.  He told officers he had driven to the park in his car, and then fled on foot after the assault.  When he walked back to get his 1991 Oldsmobile sedan, it was gone.

Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect they believe was involved in this robbery.  They now need your help in locating this wanted person.  Raymond Cuellar (03/16/1994), is wanted in connection to this robbery.  The bond amount is $60,000.

In addition to this arrest warrant, for robbery, the suspect is also wanted on a previous arrest warrant for an aggravated assault that occurred on May 31, 2015.  That warrant also has a bond amount of $60,000.

Anyone who knows where this suspect can be found should call the Corpus Christi Police Robbery & Homicide Detectives at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to 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.

wanted

            Raymond Cuellar (03/16/1994)

Women In Policing Seminar Today PIO02

The Corpus Christi Training Academy is hosting a Women in Policing Seminar this morning from 8 to 11 at the Corpus Christi Police Training Center located at 4510 Corona Drive.

The purpose of the seminar is to inform women about the Corpus Christi Police Department as a career opportunity.  Female officers will  present information about being a Corpus Christi Police Officer.  This question and answer session is geared toward understanding how law enforcement is suited for females as well as males. 

Other topics of discussion will include the minimum standards and qualifications to be employed as a Police Officer, the pay scale and benefits, the training academy curriculum, and the application process.  

The entrance physical fitness exam will be offered at the conclusion of the seminar for those who would like to participate.  Those who attend should bring appropriate work out attire if they would like to participate in the physical fitness exam.  

If you cannot make it to the seminar this morning, but are still interested in getting more information on the application process call (361) 826-4071 or contact CCPD Recruiter, Senior Officer Mel Goce at (361) 826-4082. 

Women In Policing

 

Be Aware When You Carry Money Bags P2

The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to remind citizens to be aware of their surroundings when they are carrying money from banks.

While there has not been a reported case of the “jugging” type robberies since May 14, we want to warn citizens not to become complaisant.  We cannot be sure that these violent thieves have stopped targeting our city or if our citizens have made it too difficult for them to commit this crime.

Our department does have strategies it has implemented to address these crimes but we also ask that citizens do their part in protecting themselves.

The offenders are known to target mainly female bank customers after they leave a bank with a deposit or money bag. They park in the bank parking lot or very close by.  They are usually in newer model cars with paper license plate and tinted windows.   They watch the front door or commercial lane of the drive through looking for business related transactions. The suspects then follow the victims back to their business, or a location where they park their vehicle, and physically assault them and steal the money bag.

 

Suspect Bolts with Stolen Ring PIO2

DATE: June 1, 2015    2:30 PM
LOCATION: 3829 Interstate 69 Access Road
OFFENSE: Theft
P.C. 31.03   Class B Misdemeanor
CASE NUMBER: 1506010107

Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a suspect that they believe stole a diamond ring from the Wal-Mart Store located at 3829 Interstate 69 Access Road.

The white male suspect wearing black shorts, tennis shoes, a red t-shirt and a ball cap walked into the store and asked an employee if he could see a ring from the display case.  When the employee handed the man the ring to look at, he ran out of the store with the merchandise.

He was last seen leaving the parking lot in an older model tan Chevrolet suburban.

The store valued the ring at $195.

The suspect in this case has 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 entering the store

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Suspect fleeing the store

Firearms Stolen In Auto Burglaries

The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to inform citizens about auto burglaries occurring in the city and victims  having their  firearms stolen from inside their vehicle.

From January  through the end of May this year, the police department has investigated 68 reports of burglaries that involved a firearm being stolen from inside of the vehicle.  Only 14 of those 68 guns have been recovered.

While there was a sharp decrease in the number of cases from April to May, the Corpus Christi Police Department wants to warn our citizens that these types of crimes are occurring in our city and remind them to  protect their weapons and keep them out of the hands of criminals.

 

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Island Bash This Saturday

The Corpus Christi Police Department will be hosting the CCPD Island Bash  on Saturday, June 6th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Packery Channel Boat Ramp. The boat ramp is located at the corner of Zahn Rd. and State Highway 361. This is the second year that we will be having an Island Police Substation manned on a daily basis to assist tourist and the community with police related issues while visiting Padre Island. 

The Corpus Christi Fire Department and the Flour Bluff Volunteer Fire Department will have fire trucks on display. Driscoll Children’s Hospital and the Texas Department of Transportation will be on hand to provide various forms of information and display booths. Texas Parks and Wildlife along with the U.S. Customs will have boats on display, with a Game Warden and a Special Agent available for questions.

The Corpus Christi Police Department will exhibit the Police Museum, the auto theft task force, and crime prevention unit. The auto theft task force will be providing Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etching.

The U.S. Border Patrol will be exhibiting equipment and will be available for questions.

The Texas Sea Life and Botanical Gardens will be providing education and have various animals from the region on display.

The National Seashore will be providing sea turtle education.

SEE YOU THERE!

 

Do You Know These Two Guys

Date: May 22, 2015, 14:12
Location: 5202 Interstate Highway 37 Access Road
Offense: Credit Card Abuse ***UPDATE***
Case Number: 1505220086
Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of two suspects they believe put a skimming device on a store ATM machine.

On May 22, a Corpus Christi Police Officer using  the automated teller machine at a convenience store located at 5202 Interstate Highway 37 Access Road  noticed the plastic piece on the face of the machine was loose when he slid in his ATM card.    The Officer was able to pull 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 bank which owns the ATM and  they sent a technician to the location and confirmed to the officer that the two pieces the Officer discovered were not part of the machine.

Store employees searched the store video surveillance system and found images of two suspects who placed the items on the machine at about 11:40 AM on May 22.

The two 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 Financial Crimes Detectives 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 inside store

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Suspect 2 inside the store

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Both suspects near the ATM machine