Press Releases

October 2-National Night Out 2018
Sep 20, 2018   11:09 AM

National Night Out 2018 will be celebrated on October 2 in most Texas cities. 

National Night Out is a great opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie.  While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round.  NNO is about networking and connecting with like-minded people who all want the same thing, to ensure his or her community is a safe place to live and play.  

Sir Robert Peel, considered to be the father of modern policing once said, “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”  In other words, Peel was saying we are all responsible for the policing of our community.  So how can you become a police-community partner?  One way is by getting to know your neighbors and watching over their property.  By them doing the same for you, and by keeping your possessions locked up, you are doing a form of police work that contributes to keeping our neighborhoods crime free. 

The San Angelo Police Department invites you to attend the seven events scheduled throughout the city.  Turn on your porch lights, lock your doors, and spend the evening outside interacting with friends, neighbors and first responders.  Join us and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  

LOCATIONS

Vistas at Red Creek Apartments - 5751 Green Hill Rd. - 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Wall Brethren Church - 7921 Loop 570, Wall, TX - 4:30 - 7:30 PM

Angelo Skate & Fun Center - 34 Buick St. - 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Northside Boys & Girls Club - 1802 N. Lillie - 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Trinity Lutheran School - 3516 Lutheran Way - 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Goodfellow Family Housing - 2025 Longhorn Dr. - 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Bent Tree Apartments - 1625 Sunset Dr. - 5:30 - 7:30 PM 

For more information, contact Sgt. Tim Coffman at (325) 481-2709. 

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Street Crimes Detectives Find Nearly Half Pound of Meth during Search Warrant on Patrick Street
Sep 19, 2018   04:23 PM

Last week, 31-year-old Tommy Guzman was indicted by the U.S. District Court in Lubbock, Texas, on two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.  The indictments stemmed from an ongoing investigation of narcotics trafficking in San Angelo. 

As a result of the indictments, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) obtained a Search Warrant for Guzman’s residence located in the 2800 block of Patrick Street. 

The warrant, issued by District Judge Scott Frost, was executed this morning by members of SCD along with the Department’s SWAT Team, K-9 Unit and Patrol Division as well as agents with the Bureau of Alcoh0l, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Drug Enforcement Administration.  

Two adults and one infant were located and detained during the search, which resulted in the discovery and seizure of nearly one-half pound of suspected methamphetamine. 

Guzman was taken into custody and is awaiting transport to the Taylor County Jail. 

The Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.  Child Protective Services also responded to the scene. 

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an Angelo Police Recover Stolen Vehicle Taken from Residential Burglary
Sep 19, 2018   03:45 PM

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.  

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Traffic Stop Leads San Angelo Police to Stolen Keys, Hummer H2 from Rays Auto Sales Burglary
Sep 19, 2018   03:07 PM

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. 

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SAPD Warns Citizens of Scammers, Thieves Targeting Local Elderly
Sep 14, 2018   06:03 PM

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.

    

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