Burglary and Theft Detective Wyche recognized for her successful apprehension of habitual church burglar

Editorial Staff
This is Investigator of the Month honoree Dana Wyche alongside Sgt. Jeff Wilborn, who presented her with the award in the October general membership meeting. Photo by Gary Hicks

HPOU honored Detective Dana Wyche as its Investigator of the Month in the October general membership meeting for her investigation of 21 church burglaries that resulted in the arrest and confession of the prime suspect.

The senior police officer began her investigations of the series of church burglaries on the northeast side in 2018 and proceeded to process a growing number in 2019. She studied the 21 cases and was able to capture surveillance video on the suspect’s vehicle.

“Detective Wyche worked diligently in tracking down the owner and drivers of the vehicle until she was able to come up with a possible suspect,” Burglary and Theft’s Johnny Gonzales said in his written nomination.

Gonzales said Wyche was “able to track some of the stolen items taken in the burglaries to local pawn shops.” She worked with Northeast Patrol officers who were able to capture the suspect on a traffic offense.

“Detective Wyche interviewed the suspect and after being presented with all the evidence against him confessed to burglarizing the churches,” Gonzales said.

The suspect was on parole for a previous burglary conviction.

“Wyche attributed 21 burglary incidents to the suspect and is currently in the process of returning some of the recovered stolen items.”

Gonzales praised Wyche for “outstanding initiative” in identifying the suspect, getting him to confess and removing him from the streets and churches of Northeast Houston.