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What to do if your mail is stolen

Being the victim of any crime can be devastating. Here are some tips should you be the victim of mail theft.

Contact the Police Department and have a report generated.
This will allow the police department to be aware of the incident and possibly determine who the suspect is so that they can be prosecuted.

Report the theft to the United State Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).
The United States Postal Inspection Service and the Corpus Christi Police Department work closely with one another. In some cases, the USPIS will take over the case so that the suspect can be prosecuted federally.

Be sure to monitor your account for any suspicious activity.
In most cases the reason that offenders steal mail is  to get you identity and financial information. Be sure to contact your financial institution and see what options they provide to secure your accounts.

Contact a credit bureau.
Contact one of the following credit bureaus, Experian, Equifax or TransUnion and have them place a temporary fraud alert on your information. Usually this is only good for 90 day and it will require the credit bureaus to contact you directly to verify your identity when anyone inquires about your credit.

Corpus Christi Police Department
361-886-2600

United States Postal Inspection Service Report
https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/forms/MLNtRcvd.aspx 

Equifax Credit Freeze
https://www.equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services/

Experian Credit Freeze
https://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/category/fraud-and-identity-theft/security-freeze/

TransUnion Credit Freeze
https://www.transunion.com/credit-freeze

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Reporting thefts on the Island

During the Corpus Christi Police Departments investigation into the thefts that occurred on the island, via the canals, we have located several kayaks.

Unfortunately, we have been unable to locate the owners of the kayaks because they have not reported the loss to the Police Department.

If you have been a victim of the recent canal thefts and you have not reported the loss of a kayak, please contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 361-886-2600 so that a report can be generated.

Be sure to have any documentation showing ownership of the kayak.

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April 6th Auction

Corpus Christi City Police Impound Auction

5485 Greenwood Drive Corpus Christi TX 78417

122 Cars, Pickups, & Motorcycles

Every 1st Saturday of the Month, rain or shine, AMT Auction Marketing will be conducting the abandoned vehicle auction for the City of Corpus Christi Police Impound.

This auction may consist of police impounded autos, trucks, suv, RVs. trailers, motorcycles, boats and personal property.

**Inventory is subject to change as releases happen during the month prior to the auction**

STARTS: April 6th, 2019 10:00 am
PREVIEW and Pre-Registration: April 5th, 2019 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Early Registration is highly recommended

We open at 8:00 am for Registration on Auction Day

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April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month

The month of April is “Distracted Driver Awareness” month and we want our community to be safe as the travel our roadways.

City Ordinance 53-16 Use of wireless communications while driving (abbreviated):
(b) An operator of a motor vehicle may not use a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle within the city limits.

(c) This section does not apply to an operator of a motor vehicle using a wireless communications device:
(1) While the vehicle is parked;
(2) That is affixed to the vehicle and used as a global positioning or navigation system;
(3) That is used with a hands-free device;
(4) Who is an operator of an authorized emergency vehicle while acting in an official capacity;
(5) Who is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission while operating a radio frequency device other than a wireless communication device; or
(6) While driving a motor vehicle on private property.

What is a hands-free device?
“Hands-free device” means speakerphone capability or a telephone attachment or other piece of equipment, regardless of whether permanently installed in the motor vehicle, that allows use of the wireless communication device without use of either of the operator’s hands.

What is a parked vehicle?
“Park or Parked” shall mean for the operator to completely cease movement of a motor vehicle in a lawful manner and location. For purposes of this section, “parked” does not include or mean a vehicle stopped in a lane of traffic due to either a lawful traffic control device, or the conditions on the roadway, or traffic congestion patterns then existing.

While operating a vehicle be sure to put your phone down and watch out for other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclist.

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Suspect in Robby Drive Homicide Arrested

The Corpus Christi United States Marshals Service developed information that wanted subject Zachary Hensley 12-23-79 was in Rosenberg Texas.

Our local US Marshals Service contacted their counterparts in Rosenberg Texas and they responded to the residence that Zachary was believed to be occupying. A female answered the door and the Task Force was able to place Zachary into custody.

Zachary Hensley was wanted in connection to the homicide that occurred on March 10th, 2019 on the 2800 block of Robby Drive. His bond was set at $1,000,000.

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Reporting recent thefts on the island

Through social media, CCPD has been made aware of a rash of thefts on the island via the canals. By some of the videos we have watched, we have identified 2 people of interest in those thefts.

If you have been a victim of these thefts, please contact us to generate a report. As of today, we have received a limited amount of reports for any of the thefts displayed on social media.

You can report any crime by contacting the Corpus Christi Police Department at our non-emergency phone number 361-886-2600. In some cases, we can take the report over the phone.

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Ride Share safety tips

Here are a few tips that we recommend for your safety when using a ride share service.

Confirm Your Driver and Car Before Getting in
Always confirm the license plate and name of the driver before getting in. This information should be readily visible on the app that you are using.

Share your Trip
If you are traveling alone use the option that will allow you to share your ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) with someone else. This is the easiest and quickest way to let someone track your ride and know your whereabouts in case something happens.

Know Your Surroundings
Most apps will allow you to track your route via GPS (Global Positioning System). Be sure to pay attention to this to ensure that your driver is taking the correct route. If you feel uncomfortable with your driver, ask them to stop the vehicle and get out.

Wear Your Seat Belt
It is important to wear your seatbelt when traveling in a motor vehicle. If your driver is involved in a collision this is the best way to prevent yourself from being injured.

Never Pay Cash
Most apps draw payment electronically and will also allow you to tip at the end of your ride.

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NVID MINOR STING NETS MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS

Detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division conducted operation “Sale Equals Bail” Friday evening, checking compliance at over twenty beer and wine retailers across the city. The results of the operation were disturbing, as over half of the retailers visited by Investigators sold alcoholic beverages to individuals under the age of 21.

During the operation, three cooperating individuals, under the direction and close supervision of NVID Detectives attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from various convenience stores throughout the city. All three individuals are over the age of eighteen but under twenty-one, the legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages in Texas. NVID Detectives checked twenty-two businesses and clerks at twelve of those stores sold alcoholic beverages to the underage operatives.

The store clerks who sold the alcoholic beverages, face a charge of Sale to Minors (TABC 106.3) a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4000. NVID will forward the results of this operation to the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission for administrative action against the permittees, which could include revocation, suspension and/or fines.

Similar recent operations conducted by NVID had resulted in higher compliance by TABC license holders, leaving NVID supervision puzzled and disappointed. “Clearly there is a need for better oversight by the managers and ownership of these businesses,” said NVID Deputy Chief Todd Green. “It’s extremely disturbing to us that during the height of spring break, the clerks at these stores are selling alcohol to minors without properly verifying identification. Alcohol is a common denominator in underage traffic fatalities, and frequently leads to numerous other negative consequences. Thus far, we have had a relatively safe spring break, and we need the cooperation of our partners in the business community to help us keep it that way.” NVID intends to conduct more of these operations in the near future, including repeat visits at previous offenders.

The Corpus Christi Police Department continues to collaborate with all government and private entities to combat underage drinking and help accomplish our mission of working with the community to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and enhance public safety.NVID Logo 3

Ayers Homicide Suspect arrested

The Corpus Christi United States Marshals Service developed information that homicide suspect Derek Parra 12-01-1979 had fled the state and was in Lake Charles Louisiana.

Our local US Marshals Service contacted their counterparts in Louisiana to let them know where Derek was staying.

The US Marshals Service in Louisiana with the assistance of the Lake Charles Police Department and the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office were able to place Derek into custody.

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CCPD Officer Arrested

The Corpus Christi Police Department obtained information that Senior Officer Norma Deleon allegedly misrepresented herself as a public servant in an off-duty capacity.

An investigation was launched by the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.  The Officer was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

During their investigation Corpus Christi Police Department Detectives discovered evidence that Norma DeLeon had inappropriately represented herself as a public servant while attempting to conduct a welfare check. On February 6th, 2019, detectives presented the findings of the investigation to the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office, who accepted the case for prosecution.

On February 07, 2019, the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for Norma DeLeon, charging her with Official Oppression (Class A Misdemeanor) and Impersonating a Public Servant (3F).

Norma DeLeon, a 10-year veteran of the Police Department remains on administrative leave while the department continues with the administrative review process.