Around 4:10 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, 2016, San Angelo Police Officer T. Dietz was patrolling the unit block of E. 25th Street when he observed a white Nissan Versa similar to one that was reported stolen from the 2800 block of Chestnut Street in early November.
After confirming the vehicle was stolen, Officer Dietz followed the vehicle to a residence located in the unit block of W 26th where the vehicle’s male driver and passenger exited and ran. The vehicle’s driver was located a short time later by a responding Officer and taken into custody without incident. The driver, identified as 25-year-old Manuel Justin Rivas, was ultimately charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest Detention, Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Possession of Dangerous Drug, and Class B Possession of Marijuana. The passenger was not located. This is the fifth stolen vehicle Officer Dietz has located within recent weeks.
Around 7:20 a.m. yesterday, December 5, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 3300 block of North Haven Court where a victim reported the theft of a maroon 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Later in the shift, Apprentice Police Officer S. Beal observed the stolen Jeep and initiated a high-risk traffic stop at S. Abe and W. Avenue D. The driver, identified 30-year-old Calvin Wayne Thames, and 17-year-old passenger Xavier Matheo Rivas were taken into custody without incident.
Thames and Rivas were transported to Police Headquarters for questioning. Subsequent to their interviews, Thames was charged with Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Felon in connection to a stolen handgun that was located inside the stolen Jeep. Rivas was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (methamphetamine). Charges for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle are pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.
Rivas, Manuel Thames, Calvin Rivas, Xavier
This afternoon, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) developed information about the location of 43-year-old Guadalupe Silva Reyes, who was wanted on an outstanding Warrant for Parole Violation.
SCD conducted surveillance on the Super 8 Motel located at 410 W. Avenue L and located Reyes inside one of the rooms. Reyes was in the process of using narcotics with 41-year-old Michelle Martinez, who also had an outstanding warrant.
During the investigation, detectives located a small quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Reyes and Martinez were arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and their outstanding warrants. A third woman, 26-year-old Priscilla Espinosa, was also arrested for outstanding warrants in connection to this investigation.
Reyes, Martinez, and Espinosa were transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.
Criminals view the Holiday season as a welcomed opportunity to burglarize homes for cash, credit cards and gifts. To avoid becoming a victim this holiday season, the San Angelo Police Department would like to suggest some tips.
- Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave your house or apartment— even if it is only for a few minutes.
- If you display a Christmas tree, don’t display it and gifts in the front window so they are easily visible from the street. It is too tempting for a potential criminal to smash a window and grab the gifts or plan a later break-in based on their earlier observations.
- Don't advertise! Burglars look for occupancy cues like outdoor lights burning 24 hours a day, accumulation of newspapers, mail, or fliers hanging on doorknobs. Use an inexpensive light timer when you are away and ask a neighbor to pick up your mail and newspapers.
- If you go out for the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so the house or apartment appears to be occupied.
- Burglars know to look for the hidden door key in the most obvious place— near the front entrance. DO NOT hide spare keys under rocks, in flowerpots, under doormats, or above door ledges. Instead, give the spare key to a trusted neighbor.
- Burglars look for easy opportunities and prefer to enter through unlocked doors or windows. A problem can occur if you display exterior Holiday lighting and the extension cords run inside through a window that prevents it from being secured.
- Don't post your family name on your mailbox or on your house. A burglar can call directory assistance to get your telephone number and call your home while in front of your home to confirm that you are away.
- Don't leave descriptive messages on your telephone answering machine such as: "You have reached the Marshalls; we are out of town for the Holidays." Thieves like to hear that they have plenty of time to burglarize your home.
- Leaving town for the holidays? Have the San Angelo Police keep an eye on your home while you’re away by signing up for the House Watch Program, call (325) 481-2696.
- Don’t advertise on social media that you are on vacation or away from home.
- Keep thieves from swiping packages from your doorstep by requiring a signature on all package deliveries. You can also write specific instructions for the delivery company on where to leave your package, and don’t forget — you can always have your packages delivered to the delivery company’s office for hold, or, sent to you at work (Providing your boss is not the Grinch).
- If you celebrate Christmas, after Christmas Day, don’t pile up empty gift boxes such as, your new computer, DVD player, or gaming systems on the street for garbage collectors. Burglars appreciate knowing that you have expensive gifts inside for them to steal. Break the boxes down or cut them up to better conceal the items.
San Angelo Police are searching for 32-year-old Pete “Oso” Frank Estrada in connection to the shooting that occurred in the unit block of W. Avenue O Wednesday evening.
Investigators developed probable cause naming Estrada as the suspect who shot a 31-year-old San Angelo man and stole a red 1991 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck the victim had been operating. The vehicle has since been recovered. It was located unoccupied in the 1500 block of Preusser Street.
Estrada is wanted for Aggravated Robbery, a First Degree Felony. The Arrest Warrant was issued by Justice of the Peace Judge Eddie Howard.
Estrada has black hair and brown eyes, is 5’11”, 235 lbs., and has multiple tattoos on his face, head, neck, and body.
Estrada is considered armed and dangerous. If you have information about Estrada or his whereabouts that could lead to his arrest, contact San Angelo Crime Stoppers. Never attempt to apprehend suspects yourself; doing so may be dangerous. Tipsters will remain anonymous. You can call the Anonymous 24-Hour Tip Hotline at 325-658-4357; submit a web-tip at www.sanangelocrimestoppers.com or download the App “P3 Tips.”
Tipsters must submit tips through Crime Stoppers to be eligible for a reward.
Around 2:45 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police Patrol Officer R. Espinoza was patrolling in the 600 block of San Jacinto attempting to locate a stolen vehicle from an unrelated incident when he observed a beige PT Cruiser blocking the alley.
Officer Espinoza observed a male driver exit the vehicle and walk away. Officer Espinoza made contact with the vehicle, which was unoccupied, and discovered it had been reported stolen on November 30, 2016 from a residential burglary in the 800 block of Paint Rock Road.
Officer Espinoza located the male as he exited a nearby residence and detained him. The Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene for further investigation.
Subsequent to the field investigation, Detectives learned the driver had borrowed the vehicle from another person and was not charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
The 2006 PT Cruiser was released to the registered owner at the scene.
The suspect of the Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle case is still at large and Investigators are pursuing leads.