Category Archives: Criminal Investigations Division

Credit Card Abuse Suspect – New Video

11.15.2011/9:08 pm   Credit Card Abuse   6300 Wooldridge/Cimarron   1111150119

UPDATE: Detectives with the Auto Theft Task Force have obtained additional video of the suspect.

Detectives with the Auto Theft Task Force need your help in identifying the individual who broke into a vehicle and stole and used the victim’s credit card. He used the credit card at two locations on the Southside of town.

The individual is described as a Hispanic male wearing a yellow striped shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. He is seen getting into a blue four door passenger vehicle.

If you can identify this individual we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or log on at www.888tips.com The information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

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Runnin’ to a Different Beat

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11.14.11/3:15 pm   Theft   1250 Flour Bluff   1111140099

Investigators in the Property Crimes Unit need your help in identifying the individual who stole two car stereos from the Wal-Mart located at 1250 Flour Bluff Dr.

On Monday November the 14, the unidentified individual walked out of Wal-Mart without paying for the two car stereos. As you can see in the short clip, the individual is described as a hispanic male 5′ 8″ to 5′ 11″ in height, 170 – 200 lbs. At the time of the theft he was wearing a white jacket,  a red and white striped pull-over shirt, dark-colored shorts, white socks over his calves and white tennis shoes. He had a short hair cut and a small goatee.

If you can identify this individual we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or log on at www.888tips.com the information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

Citizen Alert on Online Bank Phishing Scams

The Corpus Christi Police Department has been made aware that several banks were a target of online phishing scams where their customers were contacted by email. The scam went on to ask customers to login to an attached website address, that was not an official bank site. While these types of emails go out on a daily basis, according to FraudWatch International.com, 14 different banks were mentioned on November 8, 2011.

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to remind citizens to check with their banks directly before giving any information on an online email or follow a request to change usernames and passwords. While many of the emails look legitimate by adding the bank official logos they simply redirect customers to third-party websites in other countries.

Here are few tips to follow regarding online banking:

1. Use https when logging into banking and credit card sites, utilizing a “secure” connection.

2. Don’t be fooled by emails. If you are asked to “reply” to a bank the best option is to pick up a phone and speak to someone directly.

3. Don’t be fooled by fake log in screens. Verify that the page you are on is actually the page of the banking institution that you do business with.

4. Reset your passwords often and make them tough to guess.

If you have received an email, that you believe may be a phishing scam, please contact your bank provider. Most bank websites have email addresses set up to contact them of phishing scams.

SAMPLE WORDING ON PHISHING  and FAKE BANK EMAILS

This is your online banking after verification processing was completed on 11/08/2011.

There are numbers of invalid attempts on your online banking:

This has placed an extra verification on your account .

Subsequent login attempt may have put your account on restrictions .

Please click here (which leads you to a third party site) to continue the verification process and ensure your account security.

Corpus Christi Auto Theft Task Force Offers Free VIN Etching

VIN Etching
VIN Etching

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s Auto Theft Task Force will be teaming up with Career Club students from Baker Middle School to providing free VIN etching on Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Baker Middle School located at 3445 Pecan Street.

VIN etching involves the use of acid to etch your vehicle identification number into every window of your vehicle and is used as an anti theft deterrent.  It not only provides law enforcement with easy access to your VIN number in the case your call is stolen, it also provides identification in the event your car is being chopped up and sold for parts.   

For more information, please contact PaulaKay Olivarez at 886-2872.       

Baker VIN Etching Press Release

Aggravated Assault

11.2.2011/9:15pm   Aggravated Assault   227 Hialeah   1111020135

Police responded to 227 Hialeah reference a shooting. When they arrived the 56-year-old male victim told officers that as he was sitting in his living room watching television, an unknown white male in his fifties, opened the front door to his home and shot him.

The victim was hit one time in the upper torso. He was transported to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

The victim told officers he does not know why someone would have done this to him.

If you have any information or know who is responsible for this Aggravated Assault we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888 TIPS or log on to www.888tips.com The information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

Missing Person – Jose Villafranco Rivera

Detectives with the Missing Person Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 65-year-old Jose Villafranco Rivera.  Jose was last seen by his family on November 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm when he left his home driving his 1985 white Dodge Truck, L.P. 04JYY3. 

The family last spoke to Jose by phone around 8:oo pm that evening and he has not been heard of since.

Jose is a local minister and a retired school teacher here in our area.  He is an insulin dependent diabetic and is on several medications for various illnesses.

If anyone knows where Jose can be located or if you have seen his vehicle we ask you to contact Detective R.L. Garcia  361-886-2850 or call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 361-886-2600.

Suspicious Death Ruled A Homicide – UPDATE

Updating the suspicious death that occurred at 441 Stages on 10.21.2011, the Medical Examiner has ruled the death a homicide.  The cause of death is blunt force trauma.

Detectives have advised the Public Information Office that the deceased male was found in the living room of the home.

Anyone with information on this homicide is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS.

Below is original post from 10.21.2011

Officers were dispatched to 441 Stages for a man down call. Upon arrival they made contact with the CCFD Medics who advised them that the 90-year-old man in the home was deceased. Officers went into the home to secure the scene and noticed blood loss from the victim. They called for the Crime Scene Unit and for Detectives of the Criminal Investigation Division. Detectives arrived did an initial processing of the scene. They secured the area and began to treat it as a suspicious death.

Detectives at the scene informed the Public Information Office that the victim lived alone and was last seen yesterday by neighbors.

Detectives continue to investigate at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS.

Homicide Detectives Investigating Suspicious Death

10.21.2011/9:59am    441 Stages    Suspicious Death   1110210028

 

Suspicious Death 400 Stages

Officers were dispatched to 441 Stages for a man down call. Upon arrival they made contact with the CCFD Medics who advised them that the 90-year-old man in the home was deceased. Officers went into the home to secure the scene and noticed blood loss from the victim. They called for the Crime Scene Unit and for Detectives of the Criminal Investigation Division. Detectives arrived did an initial processing of the scene. They secured the area and began to treat it as a suspicious death.

Detectives at the scene informed the Public Information Office that the victim lived alone and was last seen yesterday by neighbors.

Detectives continue to investigate at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS.

Argument Turns to Fatality Accident

10.21.2011/12:55am    100 Jasper    Fatality Traffic Accident     C1107608

Officers responded to 100 Jasper for a pedestrian accident in the Gateway Mobile Home Park.

Upon arrival they found the victim, a 39 year old male, in the roadway with fatal injuries. Medics found life signs and transported him to Spohn Memorial.  Officers also contacted the driver, a 37 year old female. She advised that after an argument with the victim (an acquaintance of hers), the victim was attempting to gain entry to her vehicle to assault her. She drove away while the victim was holding onto her mini van and he was drug under the vehicle. The victim was later pronounced at the hospital.

Both Traffic follow-up and Criminal Investigation Division Detectives responded to the scene. Crime Scene investigators also responded to process and photograph. The case is still under investigation.

Super Quick Thief

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10.12.2011/8:48pm   Theft   3133 S.Alameda   1110120145

Police responded to the H.E.B. reference a theft of a briefcase. When they arrived the victim told officer that he had already placed his items on the conveyor belt and was waiting to pay. That is when he turned to talk to the customer behind him in line. When he turned back he noticed that his briefcase was missing.

The victim then contacted the store security and upon checking the store surveillance and they observe the suspect exiting the store with the briefcase.

The suspect is described as Hispanic female in her thirties, she is about 5′ 5″ to 5′ 7″ in height, she weights 140 – 150 lbs. at the
time of the theft she was wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes and she was carrying a tan purse.

If you can identify this individual we encourage you to call Crime Stopper at 888-TIPS, or log on at www.888tips.com the information you provide could earn you a cash reward.