PHONE SCAM

BadgeCorpus Christi Police Department wants to warn our citizens of a phone scam. CCPD regularly receives reports from people who allege that they have received calls from scammers impersonating Officers or Federal Agents.  Although this scam isn’t new, CCPD is wanting to warn again about this phone scam.

Impersonators make threats of arrest, deportation and license revocation if they do not receive immediate payment.  The scammers then instruct the citizen to put money on a prepaid debit card or send payment via wire transfer or credit card.

CCPD offers this advice to avoid getting scammed:

* Look out for “spoofing”. Part of scammers tactics include spoofing, which happens when the caller masks their own number and causes the number of a well-known Agency, like CCPD, to appear on caller ID.  Also, the caller might give a badge number and know the last four digits of your Social Security number.

* Write down details.  If you do get a call and are unsure, write down the phone number and name of the caller.

* Protect your personal information. Do not provide any personal or financial information over the phone.

* Know your rights.  Corpus Christi Police Department will never request for prepaid debit cards or wire transfer payments, and will not ask for a credit card number over the phone.

* Don’t be bullied.  Never trust callers who use threats and hostility to push you into doing what they want. Be skeptical of what a caller claims he or she can do if you refuse to meet their demand.

* Hang up and report it. If you’re unsure if the call is real, contact CCPD directly at 361-886-2600.  You can also file a complaint with your local BBB.

The Corpus Christi Police Department will never demand payment from you, ask you for any private or financial information over the phone or threaten to bring the police or other federal law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Do not fall victim to these scams!

IMPROPER PHOTO/RECORDING IN RESTROOM

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019, 3:15 PM
Location: 1300 Block of 3rd Street
Offense: Improper Photo/Visual Recording to Arouse
Penal Code 21.12 (State Jail Felony)
Case Number: 1905240101

At approximately 3:15 PM on May 24, 2019 Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to a convenience store located on the 1300 block of 3rd Street in reference to a male suspect filming or taking pictures under a bathroom stall.

Upon arrival, Officers were advised by a Father that his 10-year-old Daughter had been improperly photographed or videoed while in the restroom. The father advised that they were out running errands when his 10-year-old Daughter had to use the restroom. The Father advised that he stopped at the convenience store and parked outside of the store, keeping the 10-year-old within view as she was to run in and out of the restroom. When the 10-year-old ran out of the store in a hurry, the Father asked if everything went ok, at which point the 10-year-old told her Father that “it was creepy”. When questioned about her statement, the 10-year-old advised that as she was using the restroom a man’s hand reached under her stall, holding a gold in color iPhone. The 10-year-old advised that she immediately tried to cover herself from the view of the camera and quickly exited the bathroom.

Upon review of the camera footage, the suspect enters the women’s restroom with a phone in hand and spends approximately 12 minutes in the women’s restroom and may have recorded other women improperly. The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, approximately 35-45 years of age, 5’06-5’08, 155-165 pounds, dark hair, wearing a gray and white color ball cap with what appears to be a purple emblem, black or dark colored Oakley style sunglasses, blue or purple and white stripe polo shirt, khaki golf shorts and black tennis shoes.

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The Investigators were able to obtain a copy of surveillance images which shows the suspect walking in and out of the women’s bathroom.

If you can identify this suspect, or have any additional information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at 888TIPS.com. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep your identity secret and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you up to $2,500 dollars in cash.

Arrest made on Community Safety Alert Case

The Corpus Christi Police Department has arrested a subject involved in a burglary to a residence case. This case involved the suspect entering the residence while the home owner was home asleep.

The Criminal Investigation Division was able to gather evidence, identify a suspect, and a warrant was secured for 32 year old Orlin Geovany Murillo-Veliz for burglary to a residence.

The warrant was given to the Patrol Division who worked tirelessly to locate Orlin Geovany Murillo-Veliz. He was arrested and transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

If you have any information pertaining to this incident, you are encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 361-886-2840.

Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online.

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Vehicle Identification Number stamping

The Corpus Christi Police Department Auto Theft Task Force will be conducting Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) stamping on trailers.

If your trailer is registered and has a VIN assigned but it is not stamped on your trailer, bring it to the Corpus Christi Police Department Impound Lot (5485 Greenwood) on any of the dates listed below. The Auto Theft Task Force will stamp your assigned VIN on your trailer free of charge.

If you have a trailer that you are trying to register, the Auto Theft Task Force performs 68A’s every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Impound Lot from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

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Rip Current warning

This Memorial Day Weekend the Corpus Christi Police Department wants our community to have fun and be safe. This weekend there is a warning for possible rip currents at the beach.

If you are going out to the beach and plan on swimming be sure to never swim alone and if possible swim where there is a lifeguard on duty.

If you are caught in a rip current don’t fight the current but rather swim parallel to the beach until you are free from the current. If you can’t escape, float or tread water then swim parallel to the shore and then back to the beach. If you need help, call or wave for assistance.

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Community safety alert

On Tuesday May 21st and again on Thursday May 23rd the Corpus Christi Police Department responded to two different locations for reports of a Burglary to a Residence.

In each incident the suspect was described as a Hispanic Male. In one incident the reporting party added that the suspect appeared to be between the ages of 35 to 40 years of age, clean cut with short hair.

These two incidents are very concerning to the Corpus Christi Police Department as the suspect entered the residence while the victims were home, asleep and the suspect entered their bedrooms.

The Corpus Christi Police Department would ask our citizens to be sure to secure their residence at night by locking all your windows and doors.

These are active and ongoing investigations. If you have any information pertaining to these incidents, you are encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 361-886-2840.

Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online.

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Neighborhood on Watch Program

Neighborhood on Watch is a voluntary program organized by concerned citizens to reduce crime in their immediate communities. Working together with local law enforcement agencies, citizens can learn when and how to report suspicious activities, assist in property identification, conduct home security surveys and implement home security measures and precautions.

Neighborhood Watch meetings offer valuable information that helps neighbors cooperate effectively with one another. It also promotes effective security practices, creates more cognizant neighbors, and enhances the partnership between citizens and law enforcement.

If you are interested in starting your own Neighborhood on Watch program in your community call, Corpus Christi Police Department, Crime Prevention at 361-886-2768.

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Help Us Located a Missing 9 year old

Corpus Christi Police Officers need your help in locating a 9 year old boy. Ray Rodriguez was last seen in the area of 2500 Sands Drive at approximately 3:00pm today. Ray was last seen wearing a blue Captain America shirt, dark blue shorts and was riding a multicolored scooter. His hair is a little shorter than what is shown in this picture.

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If you see Ray Rodriguez or know his whereabouts please call police at 361-886-2600 or dial 911.

Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

The Corpus Christi Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations (Corpus Christi office) and Texas Department of Public Safety (Criminal Investigation Division Corpus Christi office) conducted an online solicitation operation.

The operation which spanned over 5 days targeted individuals who were actively seeking to solicit inappropriate pictures of underage children or in some cases meet with children for the purpose of sexual activity. During the operation the following individuals were apprehended and arrested for the following charges:

Shane Smith Seay 03/12/64
Online Solicitation of a Minor (2nd degree felony)

Lazaro Benito Rocha 12/07/92
Online Solicitation of a Minor (2nd degree felony)
Distribution or Display of Harmful Material to a Minor (A misdemeanor)

*Additional warrants on other offenders related to this operation are forthcoming and those offenders will be arrested at a later date*

The CCPD Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations and Texas Department of Public Safety continually strives to protect the children of the Corpus Christi and surrounding communities from these online predators. The CCPD ICAC unit reminds parents and guardians to be diligent in monitoring their children’s online activities on all their electronic devices.

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