The nightmare of identity theft haunted a Bellaire resident last week. Police are investigating how someone used the resident’s identifying information to purchase several vehicles without her permission. The resident visited the police station on Jan. 14 to report the fraud.
Last week was not a lucky time for owners of high-dollar jewelry in Bellaire. Two residents reported to police they were missing expensive pieces of jewelry.
In the first case, a resident from the 5400 block of Holly Street told police that after a dinner party at his house, the family was missing a piece of jewelry that police valued between $1,500 and $20,000. In the second case, a resident from the 4500 block of Merrie Lane told police that a ring was taken sometime after Sept. 4, 2009. Police valued the jewelry between $20,000 and $100,000.
Police arrested four men during the week of Jan. 11 to 18 for violations involving drugs or paraphernalia.
- Officers responded to Bellaire High School on Jan. 13 because a school officer had a student in custody for possession of drug paraphernalia. The 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged with the crime.
- Three men went to jail on Jan. 15 after a Bellaire officer pulled over their vehicle for speeding. The officer smelled pot coming from the car, and an investigation revealed all three men were in possession of marijuana. The suspects ranged in age from 22 to 29 years old.
Police responded to two cases of assault during the week.
- Officers arrested a man on Jan. 13 because a victim called police to the 6500 block of South Rice Avenue and reported that someone inside the store had pushed him. Police reviewed in-store video and corroborated the victim’s story. The suspect, 51-year-old Afewerki Accal, was arrested for Class A Assault.
- On Jan. 17, police responded to the 4500 block of Braeburn Drive to investigate a call involving an assault between family members. Police also investigated a claim that someone in the house had interfered with an emergency call. No other information was immediately available.
Four people found themselves the victims of home burglaries.
- On Jan. 11, police investigated the theft of plywood from a home under construction in the 4600 block of Huisache Street.
- On Jan. 12, police responded to the 1100 block of Howard Lane because someone broke into a home through a side window and stole the owner’s property.
- On Jan. 15, a person called police to the 4900 block of Evergreen Street because someone forced entry through the front door and stole the resident’s property.
- On Jan. 17, someone broke into a home in the 4500 block of Oakdale Street and stole the owner’s property. Police are investigating the crime.
Other incidents during the week included:
- On Jan. 13, someone flagged down an officer in the 5000 block of Bellaire Boulevard to report a theft by an employee.
- On Jan. 15, police arrested a 26-year-old woman and charged her with felony theft. She was caught shoplifting at the Randall’s Grocery Store, and had previous theft convictions.
- On Jan. 17, a resident in the 5300 block of Holly reported an auto theft. Houston police later found the car and arrested two suspects in the 3900 block of Dalmation Drive.