September 19, 2018 — Just after 12:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of Waco Street for the report of a residential burglary.
During the investigation, Police learned that the victim’s gray 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup had been stolen. In addition, the victim’s Toyota Avalon had been burglarized and the perpetrator(s) stole jewelry, a purse, money, and the vehicle’s key fob.
Less than one hour into the call, San Angelo Police Officer J. Mata conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near W. Avenue J and S. Fillmore. The driver, 24-year-old Ruben Espinola was subsequently arrested for not having a valid driver license. The passenger, 29-year-old Miguel A. Lopez, was arrested for Fail to Identify Giving False Fictitious Information and fourteen warrants.
During an inventory of the vehicle, Officers located jewelry, a purse filled with money, and a key fob to a Toyota. Officers soon realized the items were connected to the burglary on Waco.
Detectives with the Criminal investigations Division and Crime Scene Investigations responded to both scenes for follow up investigation. The stolen truck was eventually located in an alley near the 2200 block of Carlton Way.
Subsequent to the lengthy field investigation, Lopez was additionally charged with Burglary of Habitation.
Additional charges may be pending the outcome of this investigation, which is ongoing.
Just after 9:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018, Officers with the San Angelo Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit directed a traffic stop on a black 2010 GMC Sierra in the 400 block of N. Washington Street.
The driver, David Steinbach, 37, and two passengers, Kevin Clements, 37, and Hazel Lynn Walker, 31, were arrested for warrants. During a search of the pickup, Officers located a bag containing seven keys that had dealer tags on them — tags belonging to Rays Auto Sales, which had been burglarized around 12:00 a.m. that morning.
During immediate follow-up investigation, Investigators with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division developed information which led them to the Tuscany Apartments at 1815 S. Fillmore where they discovered a black 2006 Hummer H2 — also reported stolen from Rays Auto Sales.
Steinbach was ultimately charged with Burglary of Building, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and his warrants. Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
The recovered vehicle and keys were returned to Rays Auto Sales.
San Angelo Police need the public’s help in getting the word out about scammers and thieves that appear to be targeting elderly citizens with a fake-jewelry scam and theft.
On September 12, 2018, an 87-year-old San Angelo man was approached in his driveway by a Hispanic woman that engaged him in conversation and put jewelry on his hand. When the woman left, the man noticed his own ring, a 1954 Naval Academy graduation ring, was missing from his finger. The woman was described as being in her mid-thirties to mid-forties with shoulder length brown hair, 5’5” – 5’7”, with a stocky build. The vehicle was described as a black colored, newer-modeled Ford SUV (Possibly 2017 or 2018). The driver was believed to be a Hispanic male (no further description).
The stolen ring has a ruby inset and a unique crest along with the victim’s name and 1954 inscribed inside the band. The victim’s last name is Powell. (See photo of crest)
This afternoon, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division obtained surveillance video of the female suspect at the Neighborhood Walmart on Knickerbocker, confirming she was driving a black 2018 Ford Expedition bearing Texas license plate JTV4343. The vehicle was recently rented out of the Midland/Odessa area.
Investigators believe the suspects chose this location to pick their victim and followed him home to complete the scam/theft. Photos of the vehicle and suspect are attached.
In another report, a second elderly man was approached by a Hispanic male and female in a black SUV. The woman tried to sell jewelry to the potential victim, stating her family needed money for food but the potential victim did not fall for it.
The Criminal investigations Division is urging San Angelo citizens to contact police if they are approached by anyone trying to sell jewelry or other items that appear to be of value for low prices. Investigators suspect the team of thieves may be a family as the suspect was seen with juveniles.
If you have any information about the suspect(s) identities or whereabouts, please contact Detective Noel Anderson at (325) 659-8012. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.
Please share this alert, especially with members of our aging community, so we can protect them from these scammers.
The San Angelo Police Department is investigating an apparent drive-by shooting that occurred Thursday night in the 900 block of E. 20th Street.
On September 13, 2018, units were dispatched to the area around 11:35 p.m. for the report of a shooting victim. Officers were directed to a passenger car where they located the 42-year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound.
Officers rendered immediate first aid to the victim before his transport to Shannon Medical Center where he received treatment for his non-life-threatening injuries. He has since been released.
The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was an unintended victim of an apparent drive-by shooting, which is believed to be gang-related. The suspects were reportedly driving a dark-colored pickup truck. The shooter was described as a young Hispanic male.
If you have information about the suspect(s) identities or whereabouts, please call the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (325) 657-4264.
To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.
On Wednesday morning, September 12, 2018, San Angelo Police received a report of a white 2017 Toyota RAV-4 stolen from Goodnight Trail. During extensive follow up investigation, 19-year-old Rocky Ramirez Jr. was developed as a potential suspect.
Late last night, Officers with the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit spotted the RAV-4 being operated in the 2500 block of W. Avenue N.
Pursuant to immediate coordination with the Department’s Patrol Division, a high-risk traffic stop was initiated in the 2200 block of S. Johnson Street. The driver was taken into custody without incident and identified as Ramirez.
During the subsequent search of Ramirez and the recovered stolen vehicle, Officers located and seized numerous pieces of identifying information and credit and debit cards issued to people other than Ramirez as well as electronics and a women’s purse. Some of the items were confirmed to belong to the registered owner of the RAV-4, while other items were confirmed to belong to victims of several recent burglaries.
During the lengthy field investigation, the Anti-Crime Unit Officers discovered Ramirez had committed a yet-to-be reported robbery at the 7-11 Convenience store located at 1801 W. Avenue N. sometime Wednesday morning and subsequently obtained surveillance video of Ramirez arriving at the store in the stolen RAV-4. As a result, an arrest warrant for the offense of Robbery was obtained.
Ramirez was ultimately charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Credit Card/Debit Card Abuse, and the warrant for Robbery. Ramirez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. His bond was set at $30,000.