CRIMESTOPPERS 07/06/16

Sheriff’s office warns of phone scam

Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest of the perpetrator(s) involved in phone call scams.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office received information that an unknown man has been contacting people by phone, claiming he works for the sheriff’s office. He informs the victim that he or she has failed to appear for jury service and that one of the district judges in Fort Bend County has issued a warrant for their arrest.

When the perpetrator is told that the victim never received a summons, he tells them his records show that it was sent on April 11. He repeats their address and states they are one of a pool of 200 jurors who failed to appear. Because of that, the judge has issued an arrest warrant.

The perpetrator tells the victim he can take care of the problem if he receives money or financial information from the victim. If the victim questions him, he threatens to go to their home to arrest them and then he hangs up.

A 78-year-old woman received such a call recently and notified the authorities about the scam.

Anyone who has information on these crimes is asked to call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477), send a text message: Text FBCCS plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or submit online at www.fortbend.crimestoppersweb.com.

Information that leads to the apprehension and filing of charges on the suspect(s) involved could earn you up to $5,000 cash reward. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

Theft case investigated

Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator involved in a theft case in the Richmond area.

At about 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, a Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office deputy was called to a Fred Meyer Jewelers inside the Kroger grocery store in the 8000 block of State Highway 99 north-bound.

Store personnel told the deputy a white man entered the store and asked to see a gold necklace. The clerk retrieved one and handed it to the man. She also pulled out a second necklace, which she had in her hand. The suspect grabbed the second necklace out of her hand and ran of the store and into the Kroger parking lot.

The two necklaces are worth more than $4,700.

The perpetrator is about 30 years old, 5-feet, 10-inches tall and weighs about 155 pounds. He was wearing a camo UT baseball cap, a long-sleeve camo shirt, blue jeans and brown boots. He had no facial hair and his hair was cropped in the back.

Anyone who has information on these crimes is asked to call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477), send a text message: Text FBCCS plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or submit online at www.fortbend.crimestoppersweb.com.

Information that leads to the apprehension and filing of charges on the suspect(s) involved could earn you up to $5,000 cash reward. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

Homeowner shoots alleged burglar

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident that appears to be a home burglary that concluded with the suspect being shot by the homeowner.

At about 5:35 a.m. Saturday, June 11, sheriff’s office deputies responded to an attempted home burglary where a shot was fired in the 2200 block of Willowview Drive in the Richmond area. Upon arriving, deputies found a white man lying in the middle of Willowview Drive. The man appeared to have been shot in his shoulder.

The man told deputies he was shot by a homeowner. He said he was trying to knock on the door to see if they would give him a ride. He said he had been dropped off by another law enforcement agency and he was trying to get home. The deputy asked the man why the man had a knife, hammer and a metal stick lying next to him. He responded by saying they were to protect himself because he was walking through nearby woods.

A second white man approached the deputy and said he was the homeowner. Asked if he had heard a gunshot, the homeowner said he had shot his .410 shotgun at the man because he was trying to burglarize his home.

The man with the gunshot wound to his shoulder was transported to Oak Bend Medical Center. No charges have been filed in the case, which remains under investigation.

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