The Harker Heights Police Department has seen a drop in the number of criminal complaints coming into the department this week. The lower numbers are attributed to officers being more proactive throughout the community, said Sgt. Roosevelt Wilson Jr.

“We really didn’t have too much happen this week,” he said. “We haven’t had too many criminal episodes.”

Wilson said without the high number of calls coming into the department, officers are not so overwhelmed on the job.

“Officers spend a lot of time on the street cruising the neighborhoods and looking for something that shouldn’t be out there at a certain time of the day,” he said. “Like teenagers out in the day that should be at school or people that are out in the evening in a neighborhood where officers know normally people aren’t out during that time of the night.”

Although Wilson credits the officers for their hard work this past week, he said there were several thefts reported. The first theft was reported at 3 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 300 block of Indian Trail.

“They siphoned some gas out of a vehicle,” he said. “Siphoning gas is not so much common anymore, but what’s more common is people actually pull up to a gas pump and pump as much gas as they can if the clerks open the gas pumps, and then drive off.”

A theft was also reported at a residence at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 in the 100 block of East Rudy Drive.

“The felony theft of jewelry is still under investigation because the victims were saying that it was probably (taken by) family members that were there for a gathering so that’s going to take a while to sift through,” Wilson said.

Another theft was reported in the 300 block of Randy Boulevard where perpetrators stole magnetic signs from a vehicle.

Police have not yet made any arrests, but Wilson said the cases are preventable. “Keep your valuables close and secured and always know who’s around because for most of the thefts this week there was too much that they could have done about it.”

Harker Heights police also indicated:

An assault was reported at 7:39 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 1500 block of Maya Trail.

A theft was reported at a department store at 1:13 p.m. Feb. 21 in the 2000 block of Heights Drive.

Nolanville police indicated:

A theft was reported at 7:28 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 1400 block of 10th Street.

A burglary was reported at a residence at 3:55 p.m. Feb. 20 in the

400 block of Topeka Court.

Criminal mischief was reported at 11:53 a.m. Feb. 21 along Bluebonnet Lane and Old Nolanville Road.

A theft by fraud was reported at 9:12 a.m. Feb. 24 in the 1300 block of Monroe Street.

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