Press Releases

Press Release #020516(06)-San Angelo Man Arrested after Forgery Incident
Feb 05, 2016   03:29 PM
A 46-year-old San Angelo man remains jailed this afternoon after an attempted forgery at a local grocery store.
Just before midnight, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Albertsons Grocery Store located at 3121 Sunset Drive for the report of a forgery in progress.
Police arrived and attempted to detain the suspect but the suspect fled and a chase ensued until Officers caught him as he attempted to escape through a nearby open field. The man was taken into custody without further incident and identified as Bernard Balderaz (03-15-69).
During the investigation, Officers learned Balderaz had attempted to purchase items from Albertsons using a personal check that appeared to be forged. A Detective with the Criminal Investigations Division responded to conduct a follow up investigation and it was learned the check Balderaz attempted to use was stolen during a recent vehicle burglary. During a search of Balderaz, Police located the stolen checkbook and a suspected stolen debit card. The items were seized and tagged into evidence.
Balderaz was charged with Evading Arrest/Detention and two outstanding County Warrants. Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this investigation.
One Patrol Officer received minor injuries during the chase with Balderaz. The Officer was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and is expected to recover.
Balderaz
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020516(05)-Signs Prohibiting Concealed/Open Carry of Handguns
Feb 05, 2016   09:57 AM
The San Angelo Police Department has received several requests from business owners as to where signs can be purchased to prohibit the concealed carry or open carry of handguns. The San Angelo Police Department does not provide or sell these signs.
If a business wishes to prohibit the carrying of concealed handguns the following must appear on the sign:
"Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun."
This must be printed on the sign in both English and Spanish, use contrasting colors (example: white sign with black letters) with block letter at least one (1) inch in height, and the sign must be clearly visible and conspicuously displayed to the public at each entrance to the business.
If a business wishes to prohibit open carrying handguns the following must appear on the sign:
"Pursuant to Section 30.07, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with an openly carried handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a handgun that is carried openly.?
Again, this must be printed on the sign in both English and Spanish, use contrasting colors (example: white sign with black letters) with block letter at least one (1) inch in height, and the sign must be clearly visible and conspicuously displayed to the public at each entrance to the business.
If a business wishes to prohibit both open carry and concealed carry of handguns then both types of signs must be displayed.
Several sign companies in San Angelo were contacted, and all have either made these signs already or have the capability to make the proper sign. The San Angelo Police Department cannot endorse a particular sign company to use. To find listings for sign manufacturing companies in San Angelo please conduct a search on the internet or utilize the yellow pages in a local phone book.












Press Release #020316(04)-Police Investigate Aggravated Robbery at Motel 6
Feb 03, 2016   03:39 PM
Police Investigate Aggravated Robbery at Motel 6

Early this morning at approximately 1:30 am, San Angelo Police responded to a report of a robbery at Motel 6, 311 N Bryant Blvd. Upon police arrival, Officers met with the victim, 69 year old Kenneth Riza. Riza told Police he had met a male and a female by the pool. Riza said when he went back to his room the male and female followed him and forced their way into his room. Riza said the male suspect threatened him with a knife and tied him up. At some point the male suspect stabbed Riza with the knife. The suspects took all of Riza's property and left in Riza's vehicle.

After the suspects left, Riza was able to get free and call the police. Riza was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment. Riza was admitted into the hospital and is in stable condition.

Detective Jason Chegwidden responded to Motel 6 to conduct the investigation, and the investigation is still ongoing at this time. If you have any information about this incident, Detective Chegwidden can be contacted at 325-659-8019. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 , via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or by phone at 1-855-TIPS-247.

Press Release #020316(03)-Police Investigate Home Invasion
Feb 03, 2016   02:17 PM
Last night, Tuesday February 2, 2016 at approximately 10:30 pm, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 2600 block of Lindenwood Dr for a shots fired call. The caller stated they had heard one gunshot in the area. While responding to investigate the shots fired call, a second call came in stating a family had been held a gunpoint in their home.
Officers made contact with 25 year old Chelsea Middaugh and 24 year old Krysta Bowie at Middaugh's residence. Middaugh and Bowie reported they were in a bedroom watching TV when several males wearing dark clothing and masks entered the bedroom and pointed guns at them. The male subjects stole several items from the residence while holding the victims at gun point.
After the male subjects left, Middaugh called her husband, 28 year old Jamie Vivian, who was at work. Vivian left work to go home and saw several males in dark clothing near Parkview and Lindenwood Dr. Vivian confronted the male subjects. During the confrontation one of the male subjects pointed a gun at Vivian and fired at him. Vivian was not injured and the male subjects ran away.
Additional Officers arrived in the area and set up a perimeter and searched for the suspects. One of the suspects was located near Sunset Drive and Knickerbocker Rd. While Officers attempted to take him into custody the suspect actively resisted arrest. Officers were able to get control of the suspect and place him under arrest. The suspect was identified as a 14 year old male. During a search of the juvenile, property stolen during the home invasion was located on his person. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also located in the area where the juvenile was taken into custody.
The juvenile was transported to the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center where he was charged with Burglary with Intent to Commit a Felony, Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Marijuana.
Detective Jason Chegwidden is the lead investigator for this case, and the investigation is still ongoing at this time. If you have any information about this incident, Detective Chegwidden can be contacted at 325-659-8019. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 , via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or by phone at 1-855-TIPS-247.

Press Release #020216(02)-San Angelo Police Recommends Online System to Help Citizens Keep Track of Valuables
Feb 02, 2016   03:51 PM
reportit.leadsonline.com helps San Angelo citizens safely and securely store important information that is useful in recovering property in the event of a loss or theft.
The San Angelo Police Department would like to encourage all residents to use a free online system that will help keep track of valuable and invaluable personal property. ReportIt is a free, secure online service allowing citizens to record serial numbers and upload images for phones, electronics, and other valuables. Should those items ever be stolen, SAPD Officials say having the information will go a long way in accurately and quickly identifying your property. Citizens can access the site at reportit.leadsonline.com.
The ReportIt service is a part of LeadsOnline, the online system that works with police across the country to track and recover stolen property. The San Angelo Police Department uses LeadsOnline to help track and recover stolen property ? everything from jewelry to sporting equipment to electronics, computers, cameras, and other items such as designer clothing, collectibles, and other items with invaluable personal worth. The system allows detectives to search for the items using a variety of parameters, including item descriptions and serial numbers. When an item is sold to a pawn or secondhand shop, the product information is entered in the LeadsOnline database and is immediately viewable by participating law enforcement agencies across the country.
The San Angelo Police Department has used LeadsOnline since 2004 and has reported many successes using the online investigations system. Using LeadsOnline, SAPD Pawn Shop Unit Investigators have recovered on average $100,000 dollars per year in stolen property for San Angelo and surrounding residents. Recently, the LeadsOnline system helped Investigators recover a $15,000 show saddle that was stolen from a trailer located at the Foster Communications Coliseum during a recent horse show.
Other recovered items have included valuable jewelry, camera, construction equipment, iPods, tools, computers and GPS units. With information provided by LeadsOnline, police track down thieves, develop leads in numerous cases and make arrests.
Citizens can store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so items may be more easily identified in the event of theft. This record may also come in handy when filing claims with insurance providers in the event of loss. Citizens wanting to participate in ReportIt can register for the free service at reportit.leadsonline.com and begin building their personal property inventory list.
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