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Man Selling Stolen Property on Facebook Arrested
Oct 21, 2016   10:45 AM

A 26-year-old San Angelo man who attempted to sell stolen merchandise on Facebook was arrested last night at a residence in the 100 block of West Avenue D.

Just before 10:00 p.m. on October 18, Officers took a burglary of a building report at the Freedom Mini-Storage facility located at 910 W. 29th Street.  Victims advised the reporting Officer that several pieces of music equipment were stolen from their unit.  The property was valued at just over $4,400.

Just before midnight last night, Police were dispatched to meet the burglary victims who said they recognized their stolen property in a Facebook advertisement and made arrangements to meet the seller, listed as Cory Valadez, at the residence on W. Avenue D.

Officers proceeded to W. Avenue D in an attempt to locate Valadez and observed a man who matched Valadez’s description exiting a white Ford Mustang with a black hood.  The man was detained and confirmed to be Cory Joe Valadez. 

While on scene, Officers observed some of the suspected stolen music equipment through a house window.  The property matched the items that Valadez posted for sale on Facebook and a Search Warrant for the property was obtained.

During the search, Officers located several pieces of the stolen music equipment, which was later released to the victims.  Other items suspected of being stolen property were seized and tagged into evidence. 

Valadez was transported to Police Headquarters for questioning and subsequently arrested for Burglary of a Building and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.

A female identified as 59-year-old Sylvia Rodriguez was arrested at the scene for interfering with the investigation and refusing to cooperate with official orders.  Rodriquez was charged with Interference with Public Duties and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.

This is an ongoing investigation and Detective Noel Anderson is the lead Investigator on the case. 

The San Angelo Police Department cautions citizens about the potential sale of stolen items through social media ads and advises citizens to never take matters into their own hands by confronting suspected thieves in person if you locate your stolen property online.  Call the Police. It’s not worth risking your life.   

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Press Release #052716(17)-SAPD Retirement and Promotion Ceremony
May 27, 2016   01:25 PM
The San Angelo Police Department will be honoring Sgt. Todd Dornhecker with a retirement ceremony on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the McNease Convention Center's North Meeting Room.
Sgt. Dornhecker was hired by the San Angelo Police Department on April 16, 1996. Prior to working for the SAPD, Sgt. Dornhecker worked as a Corrections Officer for the Llano County Sheriff's Office.
Sgt. Dornhecker started his career with the SAPD in the Patrol Division. In April 1999, Sgt. Dornhecker transferred to the K-9 Unit where he worked alongside his partner, K9 Hondo, until Hondo's retirement in December 2004. Sergeant Dornhecker then transferred to the Narcotics Section where he worked until his promotion to the rank of Sergeant in December 2005. Sgt. Dornhecker transferred back to the Patrol Division where he served as a Patrol Supervisor until February 2010 when he was appointed Supervisor of the Department's Special Operations Section. In October 2015, Sgt. Dornhecker transferred to the Traffic Section where he served the remainder of his career as the Traffic Section's Supervisor.
Sgt. Dornhecker has a total of 20 years and 1.5 months as a Peace Officer, 2,581 training hours, and holds a Master Peace Officer's License. Sgt. Dornhecker is a certified TCOLE Instructor, Firearms Instructor, holds various Gang and Narcotics Certifications, and was a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team since 2012. He was voted Officer of the Year in 2011 and Investigations Supervisor of the Year in 2011, 2012, and 2014.
Following the retirement ceremony, the San Angelo Police Department will be conducting a promotional ceremony for Officer Cory Moore. Officer Moore will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Officer Moore has been with the Department since April 2006.
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Press Release #052516(16)-Man Arrested for Firing Weapon outside San Angelo Apartment
May 25, 2016   12:01 PM
A 46-year old San Angelo man was arrested for Discharging a Firearm inside City Limits early this morning after he allegedly fired a handgun outside the Cross Keys Apartments, 1222 S. Abe Street.
Officers were dispatched to the apartment complex just after midnight for the report of shots fired, allegedly from a man who was waiving a gun and arguing with a female. Officers also learned a child was possibly involved and that the male suspect had left the scene driving a white Hyundai Elantra.
Officers located the suspect and vehicle at Concho and Koeningheim. He was identified as Sandro Veliz.
Back at the initial scene, Police learned Veliz fired the weapon during a verbal argument with his girlfriend and a spent shell casing was recovered approximately 9 feet outside the victim's apartment. The apartment was occupied by Veliz's 30-year-old girlfriend and their infant child. No one was reported injured.
Veliz was arrested and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.


Press Release #052516(15)-Reckless Loop 306 Driver Faces Additional Charges
May 25, 2016   08:52 AM
20-year-old Colton D. Beard, the man arrested for Reckless Driving after yesterday's multi car collision on Loop 306, was taken into custody yesterday afternoon on additional charges.
Just after 3:00 p.m. yesterday, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 2400 block of Dallas Street for the report of a domestic disturbance involving Beard.
Officers responded and Beard was located driving nearby. Officers stopped and detained Beard. During the detention, police obtained evidence that Beard began harassing his girlfriend shortly after his release from jail yesterday.
Detective M. Hawthorne responded to the scene to conduct a follow up investigation. At the conclusion of his investigation, Beard was charged with Harassment, No Proof of Financial Responsibility, and Endangering a Child Criminal Negligence.


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Press Release #052416(14)-Domestic Dispute Responsible for Multiple Vehicle Crash on Loop 306
May 24, 2016   04:08 PM
Around 9:00 this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 3800 block of W Loop 306 for a three-vehicle car crash with injuries.
During the traffic investigation, Officers learned the collision stemmed from a domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend that were traveling in two separate vehicles but speaking to one another by cell phone.
At some point during the verbal altercation, the male half, identified as 20-year-old Colton D. Beard driving a gray 2000 Chevrolet Pickup, made several unsafe lane changes before he pulled in front of his girlfriend's vehicle and slammed on his brakes. Beard's abrupt braking action caused his 21-year-old girlfriend, who was driving a 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander, to apply her brakes in an attempt to avoid colliding with Beard's truck. The woman was traveling with her and Beard's 1-year-old son.
Although the truck and Outlander never collided, a white 2012 GMC Yukon Denali occupied by a 37-year-old female driver and 23-month-old child passenger rear-ended the Outlander and a white 2011 Buick Enclave that was occupied by a 38-year-old female driver and her 2-year-old son rear-ended the Denali.
All occupants sustained non-incapacitating injuries as a result of the chain-reaction collision and they were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Beard, who fled the initial scene, was located later and arrested for Reckless Driving and two outstanding City warrants. Beard was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident and released a short time later after posting a $500 Surety Bond.