Press Releases

Street Crimes Division Finds Wanted Suspect, Meth During Search Warrant Operation on West 31st Street
Dec 07, 2018   05:37 PM

Today, members of the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at a residence in the unit block of West 31st Street. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named 37-year-old James Howell to be in possession of a quantity of Methamphetamine at the residence. 

As a result of the search, Investigators located and seized a quantity of suspected Methamphetamine and narcotics distribution paraphernalia.  

Howell was arrested and booked into the Tom Green County Jail for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and two County Warrants.  

The Department’s Patrol Division and The Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation. 

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Anti-Crime Unit’s Afternoon Haul Clears Multiple Burglary, Stolen Vehicle, Theft Investigations
Dec 07, 2018   05:03 PM

December 7, 2018 — This afternoon, members of the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit located a wanted subject, 27-year-old Joseph Michael Garcia, operating a stolen grey 2017 Ford Edge near Chadbourne and West Avenue L. 

Officers attempted to detain Garcia; however, Garcia fled on foot and a brief foot pursuit ensued.  Garcia was taken into custody without further incident in the 1500 block of S. Irving and transported to Police Department Headquarters for interview.  

As a result of the interview, Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division have linked Garcia to several ongoing investigations involving stolen vehicles, vehicle burglaries, and thefts throughout San Angelo.  Several of the related incidents that were captured on surveillance videos have been circulating on social media.  

Garcia was later booked into the Tom Green County Jail on charges of 3rd Degree Felony Theft, Evading Arrest/Detention, and a warrant for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle.  Additional charges are forthcoming pending the outcome of these ongoing investigations. 

 

 

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Search Warrant Leads to Heroin Arrest
Dec 05, 2018   10:16 AM

On December 3, 2018, members of the SAPD Street Crimes Division applied for and executed a search warrant in the 400 block of East 22nd Street.

 

The search yielded approximately 8 grams of heroin along with items that are consistent with narcotic distribution.

 

Debbie Gaitan, 48, was arrested and charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, 4-200 grams.

San Angelo Police Search for Sendero Drilling Theft Suspects
Dec 04, 2018   11:17 AM

The Sendero Drilling Yard located at 3855 North U.S. Highway 67 has been the victim of several thefts over recent weeks.  

The perpetrators are responsible for stealing copper wire and causing damage to Sendero’s property and drilling rigs.  

If you have any information about these thefts or the identity or whereabouts of the suspects please call Detective Jake Russell at (325) 659-8016.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

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Police Recover Stolen Property, Stolen Vehicle after Locating Teen Suspect Asleep Behind the Wheel
Nov 29, 2018   11:28 AM

November 29, 2018 — Just after 5:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of W. Avenue D for the report of a suspicious vehicle.  

The caller advised that they had gone out to their vehicle and discovered it had been burglarized and then noticed a suspicious vehicle parked across the street.  The victim then discovered the driver of that suspicious vehicle was asleep and the victim’s stolen property was in the front seat. 

Officers arrived and discovered the suspicious vehicle, a red 2011 Toyota Sienna, running and occupied by a young male who was slumped over the wheel.  The Officers attempted to wake the driver multiple times but the driver was unresponsive.  Upon opening the door, Officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana, shut the vehicle off, and fervently attempted to rouse the driver. 

The driver eventually woke up but he did not know where he was due to his level of intoxication.  The driver, identified as a 16-year-old San Angelo resident, was also in possession of several pieces of drug paraphernalia. 

Officers also discovered that the Toyota Sienna’s registered owner lived a few streets away and was unaware their vehicle had been stolen.  

Subsequent to the field investigation the juvenile was charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Burglary of Vehicle, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   

The stolen property and stolen Sienna were returned to the owners.  

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November 27, 2018 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Nov 28, 2018   08:39 AM

Yesterday, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR from noon through 1:40 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the 1700 block of E. Houston Harte. 

Following the operation, LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was utilized in the following school zones; Bonham, Bowie, Crockett, Fannin, Glenmore, Holiman, Holy Angels, Lamar, McGill, San Jacinto, and Trinity Lutheran. 

A total of one hundred one (101) citations and thirteen (13) warnings were issued during the enforcement operations. 

Breakdown for citations: 

Houston Harte

Speeding: 43 (Highest speed, 90 MPH)

Other/Misc. Violations: 7

No Insurance: 1

Warnings: 5

No DL: 1

DWLI: 1

 

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 6

No Insurance: 2

Speeding: 36

Warnings: 8

No DL: 2

DWLI: 2 

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Police Thwart Grinch who Tried to Steal Christmas by Recovering Stolen Package and Stolen Vehicle
Nov 27, 2018   06:15 PM

November 27, 2018 — Just after 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, a San Angelo Police Officer conducting patrol noticed a recently reported stolen vehicle traveling on the roadway. 

The Officer initiated a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle, a white 2012 Mitsubishi passenger car, near South Bryant and West Avenue Q; however, the driver failed to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued.  

The slow speed pursuit ended in the 1700 block of Kenwood Drive where the suspect then exited the car and fled on foot.  

Additional Officers converged on the area and quickly established a perimeter.  During the search, several citizens aided the Officers by pointing out the suspect’s direction of travel.  The suspect was eventually located in the 1900 block of Austin Street and taken into custody without incident.    

The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Landon C. Beatty, matched the physical and clothing description of a package theft suspect that the Department released on social media earlier this afternoon.  The released photographs show Beatty stealing a package from the porch of a residence on Grandview Drive before loading it into the stolen Mitsubishi. 

The stolen package, a KidKraft Shimmer Mansion 30-Piece Dollhouse that was a Christmas present for a little girl, was located inside the recovered stolen vehicle and later released.  The recovered stolen vehicle was also released to the registered owner.  

Beatty was charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Class B Misdemeanor Theft, and Evading Arrest.  

 

            

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Police Discover Unreported Stolen Car during Suspicious Vehicle Investigation
Nov 26, 2018   05:03 PM

November 26, 2018 — This morning, a San Angelo Police Officer who was conducting patrol near the 1800 block of Brown Street noticed an occupied vehicle with two different plates.  

Upon approaching the vehicle the Officer was alerted to the presence of a firearm on the passenger seat.  The driver, identified as 24-year-old Johnny Villarreal, was arrested for fifteen (15) outstanding warrants.  A 24-year-old male passenger was detained but later released. 

During the field investigation, Officers discovered the suspicious vehicle actually belonged to the Lithia All American Chrysler Jeep and Dodge Dealership and their staff was unaware the vehicle was missing.  Officers also discovered Villarreal was in possession of several credit cards that belonged to other people.  

Villarreal was charged with Theft of Property >=$2,500-<$30K and Fraudulent Use/Possession Identifying Information # Items <5.  

Additional charges are forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

Detective R. Cercone is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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Fatal Hit and Run Driver Arrested
Nov 23, 2018   08:00 AM

The driver who struck and killed a 33-year-old San Angelo man riding his bicycle on North Van Buren Street Wednesday Evening has been arrested.  

48-year-old Clayton Dunn of San Angelo has been charged with Accident Involving Death.  He was taken into custody on Thanksgiving Day — one day after he struck 33-year-old Jacob M. Martinez in the 1900 block of N. Van Buren.  Martinez later succumbed to his injuries at Shannon Medical Center. 

The investigation and search for the suspect began immediately after Police were dispatched to the crash scene, around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 21.  Once investigators received a description of the suspect’s vehicle and video footage, the Department used social media to call on citizens for help in locating the vehicle and driver.  On Thanksgiving Day, a citizen who read the social media posts noticed a suspicious vehicle in the 900 block of Howard Street and called police.   That tip led investigators to locate Dunn and the suspect vehicle, a 2003 GMC 2500 that had damage consistent with the fatal crash. 

Dunn was formally charged following his interview with Detectives from the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.  Dunn was booked into the Tom Green County Jail.  His Bond was set at $50,000. 

The Department would like to express our gratitude to our citizens who continue to partner with us in a joint effort to solve crimes and improve the quality of life in our community. 

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Street Crimes Division Seizes Several Pounds of Marijuana in Warrant Operation
Nov 21, 2018   03:07 PM

On Wednesday, November 20, 2018, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of East 24th Street. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire, named 37-year-old Bernabe Mendez of San Angelo to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana at the residence.  Mendez and another subject, identified as 26-year-old Marcy Garcia, were detained during the search. 

Investigators located and seized nearly (5) five pounds of marijuana, a small quantity of suspected Methamphetamine, assorted drug paraphernalia, and a quantity of suspected THC Wax during the operation.  

Mendez was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Marijuana.  Garcia was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. 

The Department’s Patrol Division and K-9 Unit assisted with yesterday’s operation.  

         

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