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Killeen Police Warn Public about Phone and Internet Scams

The Killeen Police Department General Crimes Unit is asking local residents to be aware of several different telephone and internet scams that are scamming residents out of thousands of dollars.   We have noticed an increase in several of these scams in the last few weeks.  There are many different scams that have an IRS or Law Enforcement angle to them.  Most of them are carried out in a similar manner as outlined below.

  • Someone posing as an IRS employee calls and tells the victim that they will be arrested unless they pay a fine.
  • The scammer may advise there is a warrant for the persons arrest and it can be stopped by paying a certain amount.
  • The scammer will even transfer the call to a supervisor, if asked.
  • The victim may receive another phone call while speaking with the scammer, advising they are a police officer with the Killeen Police Department. In many cases, they have spoofed one of the main KPD telephone numbers (254-501-8830) in order to appear legitimate.
  • The scammer requests gift cards ranging in the amount of $4000.00-$8500.00 or more from retailers such as, Walgreens, Home Depot, Best Buy and Target.  The gift cards are usually Green Dot, iTunes, Steam, Visa and many more.
  • The scammer stays on the phone with the victim and after each gift card is purchased, they have the victim supply the card number and pin number over the phone.
  • The scammers then redeem the code and abscond with the victim’s money.

There are different versions of the scam but the end goal is always the same, they are trying to steal the victim’s money.  The scammers will usually ask for payment in the form of gift cards.  Sometimes they will promise to provide a large return to the victim in exchange for a small investment (Get Rich Quick Scheme).   If it is too good to be true then it is probably is.  Remember official sources will not ask for payment by gift card or your banking information over the phone.

In addition to the above, there have been several recent reports of scammers posing as service providers, such as cell phone companies.  These scammers are posing as these companies and pretend to alert their intended victims of suspicious activity on their accounts, when in fact they are the scammers trying to gain access to the victim’s account.

Some tips to avoid becoming a victim:

  • Governmental agencies do not solicit money via phone.
  • Governmental agencies and other legitimate agencies should not ask for payment to be made via any sort of gift card.
  • Be vigilant and do not give out personal information over the phone. Scammers will use social engineering tricks to make a victim believe they are only verifying personal information when, in reality, the victim is being tricked into giving it up.
  • When in doubt, please contact law enforcement for assistance.
  • If you are not sure if the caller is legitimate call the company or agency directly to see if a suspected call actually came from the legitimate source.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police are investigating a Theft at a Jewelry Store

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at approximately 1:06 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Zales Jewelry Store, located at the 2100 S.W. Young Drive, in reference to a Theft.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told that two black males entered the store and requested to look at a ring.  While the consultant was allowing one of the males to look at the ring, both suspects turned and ran out of the store taking the ring with them.

The first suspect is described as a black male in his twenties, with a small afro and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a black and yellow jogging suit with a jaguar/lion logo on the front and back.  The second suspect is also described to be in his twenties, with short black hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing blue jeans, white shoes, a white tank top, and a blue jean jacket with “Nicki Minaj” on the back.  The suspects fled the store in an unknown direction with a ring valued at over $20,000.  The suspects may have been operating a white color sedan.

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Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this theft, to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the P3Tips App for IOS or Android and give an anonymous tip.  All information is confidential and anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police are investigating a Hit and Run Crash

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, at approximately 2:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Stan Schlueter Loop and Trimmier Road in reference to a 911 call about a crash.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told that a second vehicle involved had fled the scene.

The preliminary investigation revealed, that a maroon Chevy Cobalt was traveling westbound in the outside lane on Stan Schlueter Loop, when a white Sedan traveling eastbound in the center turning lane, failed to yield turning left northbound onto Trimmier Road, struck the Cobalt.  The impact caused the Cobalt to spin out and hit a traffic light pole.  The occupants of the Cobalt were transported to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple in serious condition; as of today, both have been released from the hospital.

The suspect vehicle, a white sedan, has been located.

The Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit would like to thank everyone who assisted with this investigation.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

 

 

Killeen Police are investigating a Bank Robbery at the First National Bank

Officers were dispatched to the First National Bank located at 4304 E. Central Texas Expressway, on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at approximately 9:43 a.m., after receiving a 911 call about the bank being robbed.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they were told that a black male entered the bank, walked up to the teller and passed a note with a demand.  The teller complied and the black male fled the area with an undisclosed amount of money in a white four door sedan.

The suspect was last seen wearing a dark long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, black shoes, eyeglasses and a dark colored ball cap.  He is described as a heavy-set black male, approximately 6’ tall with a thin goatee.

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Detectives are asking anyone who has information about this robbery, to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the P3Tips App for IOS or Android and give an anonymous tip.  All information is confidential and anonymous and if your tip leads to the arrest of the person responsible, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

 

McDonald’s “Bells and Whistles” Good Friday Fundraiser Benefiting Local 100 Clubs

The 100 Club of Central Texas will be hosting a Good Friday Fundraiser, on Friday, March 30, 2018 at all McDonald’s Restaurants in Central Texas.  Representatives from the 100 Club and Killeen Police officers’ will be at the McDonald’s located at 3700 Clear Creek Road, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Bells and Whistles Good Friday Fundraiser was established in 2001 to financially assist area 100 Clubs and support their mission of providing financial assistance to the families of first responders. It also serves as a way for first responders to interact with the community.

We encourage everyone to stop by for lunch and help support this organization that continues to help first responders and their families in their time of need.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Arrests Wanted Man for Murder

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018, the Killeen Police Department was notified by the Converse Police Department of an active investigation into a Capital Murder that occurred in their city on February 25, 2018.  Information was received that a wanted fugitive in that incident had ties to Killeen.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at approximately 9:45 a.m., detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division, Special Missions Unit, along with the assistance of the United States Marshal Service – Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, located and arrested 17 year-old Isaiah Luis Westman for Capital Murder, without incident. Westman was transported to the Killeen City Jail.

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The Converse Police Department and Texas Rangers continue to investigate this incident.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates a Fatal Motorcycle Crash

CORRECTION UPDATE – March 20, 2018

 The operator of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at approximately 12:52 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Veterans Memorial Blvd. in reference to a 911 call about a crash involving a motorcycle.  Upon the officers’ arrival, they located a white male lying in the roadway.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a black Kawasaki Motorcycle was traveling over the speed limit eastbound in the outside lane of Veterans Memorial Blvd., when a red Ford Pickup truck entered the intersection turning westbound from Highland Avenue.  The operator of the motorcycle struck the front left quarter panel of the truck, causing the operator to be ejected off the motorcycle, landing in the roadway.  The operator of the motorcycle, 44 year-old Michael Thetford of Killeen, was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on Sunday, March 18, 2018 by Justice of the Peace Donald Engleking at 11:18 a.m.  The operator of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

This crash continues to be investigated by the Killeen Police Department Traffic Unit and information will be released as it becomes available

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Shooting Suspect faces Additional Charge

UPDATE

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division and the United States Attorney’s Office – Waco Division have been working together on this case and additional charges have been filed.  On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, an indictment was obtained on 44 year-old Kelvin Javar Jones, charging him with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.  Jones is currently in the Bell County Jail. 

On Sunday, March 5, 2018, at approximately 8:24 p.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Cavalry Drive in reference a 911 call about an armed subject.  While officers’ were in route, numerous 911 calls were received about several males armed with “laser guns”.  Upon their arrival, one male suspect discharged a weapon towards the officers and the officers returned fire.

Through the investigation, the male suspect was identified as 44 year-old Kelvin Javar Jones.  Jones was located by officers in the back yard of a residence on Loyal Lane shortly after the incident.  Once located, he was taken into custody and transported to the Killeen City Jail.

On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint was returned charging Jones with Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant.  Jones was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and he set his bond at $500,000.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

Killeen Police Warns Community about Suspicious Packages

With the recent explosive incidents in the Austin area related to suspicious packages, the Killeen Police Department wants the community to know that there is no known threat to Killeen; however, residents should always use caution and inspect all packages delivered at your home or workplace.  If you have placed an order, we recommend that you sign up for a notification service, such as an email or text when the package is delivered.

When residents receive an unexpected package, they should be vigilant and look for anything out of the ordinary, such as an unfamiliar return address, no evidence of a recognizable deliver method (US postage stamps, UPS markings, etc.) by checking the labels on the package.  If the package appears suspicious, it is best to not move the package and call the police department immediately.  The department takes these types of incidents very seriously and the safety of our community is the Killeen Police Department’s number one priority.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department

KPD Investigates a Shooting on Cavalry Drive

On Sunday, March 5, 2018, at approximately 8:24 p.m., Killeen Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Cavalry Drive in reference a 911 call about an armed subject.  While officers’ were in route, numerous 911 calls were received about several males armed with “laser guns”.  Upon their arrival, one male suspect discharged a weapon towards the officers and the officers returned fire.

Through the investigation, the male suspect was identified as 44 year-old Kelvin Javar Jones.  Jones was located by officers in the back yard of a residence on Loyal Lane shortly after the incident.  Once located, he was taken into custody and transported to the Killeen City Jail.

On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint was returned charging Jones with Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant.  Jones was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke and he set his bond at $500,000.

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The two additional male suspects were taken into custody for unrelated charges and are not part of this investigation.

Ofelia Miramontez
Public Affairs
Killeen Police Department