Press Releases

Press Release #020116(01)-Police Make More Arrests in Stripes Robbery Investigation
Feb 01, 2016   02:49 PM
The investigation into the Aggravated Robbery at Stripes, 1821 N Bryant, on January 27, 2016 at 4:20 am has led to two more arrests.

Investigators identified a 16 year old juvenile male and 23 year old Magdaleno Suniga Jr as suspects in the Robbery. A Juvenile Pick Up Order was issued for Aggravated Robbery for the juvenile male and an arrest warrant for Aggravated Robbery was issued for Suniga Jr.

On Friday January 29, 2016 at 11:37 am, San Angelo Police arrested the 16 year old juvenile male on the Juvenile Pick up Order for Aggravated Robbery during a traffic stop at Cottonwood and Shiloh. The juvenile was transported to JJC.

Later in the day at approximately 4:15 pm, Police arrested 23 year old Magdaleno Suniga Jr at his residence in the unit block of East Avenue J. Suniga was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and was charged with Aggravated Robbery.

The investigation is still ongoing. There is no further information for release at this time.


Press Release #012916(22)-San Angelo P. D. Attains Re-Recognition Status
Jan 29, 2016   11:27 AM
On January 25, 2016, the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation notified the San Angelo Police Department regarding their achievement in obtaining second ?Re-Recognition Status? for their compliance with the Texas Law Enforcement Agency Best Practices Recognition Program.
The Law Enforcement Recognition Program is a voluntary process where police agencies in Texas prove their compliance with 164 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. These Best Practices were developed by Texas Law Enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service, the reduction of risk and the protection of individual's rights. Agencies undergo stringent reassessment every four years to maintain their status.
While similar in nature to the national accreditation program, the Best Practices Recognition Program is easier to administer, lower in cost and is designed specifically for Texas Law Enforcement. The Texas Legislature demands a great deal of professional law enforcement in Texas and the Best Practices were specifically designed to aid Texas agencies in meeting those demands and providing the best quality of service to the people of our State.
Since its inception in 2006, over 50 Texas Law Enforcement Agencies have been recognized and many more are currently in the process to become Recognized Agencies. While members of the Texas Police Chiefs Association recognizes and supports the national accreditation program, The Texas Best Practices Recognition Program has clearly become the Gold Standard for Texas Law Enforcement.
The Department was the fourth Texas police department to earn recognition status since the program's inception, earning recognition status first in 2008 and Re-Recognition Status in 2012.
The Department will be formally recognized for its Re-Recognition Status during the 2016 TPCA Annual Conference Awards & Recognition Luncheon slated for March 23, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Press Release #012816(21)-Arrest Made in Aggravated Robbery Investigation
Jan 28, 2016   04:06 PM
Yesterday, January 27, 2016 at 4:20 pm, San Angelo Police arrested 17 year old Guadalupe Olvera for Aggravated Robbery stemming from the Robbery investigation at Stripes, 1821 N Bryant.

During the investigation, Olvera was developed as a suspect and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. Olvera was located during a traffic stop at West Avenue D and South Abe Street at 4:20 pm. Olvera had been observed as a passenger in the vehicle prior to the stop.

The investigation is still ongoing. More information will be released when it becomes available. There is no other information for release at this time.


Press Release #012816(20)-San Angelo Police Sergeant Awarded Unique Certification
Jan 28, 2016   03:35 PM
Tim Coffman, a Patrol Sergeant and 20-year veteran of the Department, recently acquired a unique certification from the Texas Crime Prevention Association's Mid-Winter Conference held in South Padre Island, TX.
Sgt. Coffman is the first Officer in the Department's history to hold certification as a Crime Prevention Specialist. To be eligible for this certification, applicants must be a member of the Texas Crime Prevention Association and have prerequisite completion of Crime Prevention I, Crime Prevention II, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.
Upon completion of all three courses, applicants must pass a certification examination in review of 106 hours of crime prevention training over topics such as commercial and residential security, commercial and residential security inspections, home owners insurance reduction inspections, neighborhood watch, Project Identification, National Night Out events, and several other crime prevention related programs.
Sgt. Coffman is the 901st member of the Texas Crime Prevention Association to obtain the Certified Crime Prevention Specialist certification, the only certification of its kind currently recognized by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).

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Press Release #011816(19)-Warning about Tax Phishing Scams
Jan 28, 2016   11:20 AM
At the onset of Tax Season, the San Angelo Police Department is warning consumers about ?Phishing? scams from individuals claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Scammers who are posing as tax officials are threatening Texans with fines, arrest, and other penalties if they do not immediately pay a false claim of unpaid taxes. We want to remind consumers to be vigilant and aware of dishonest individuals posing as public tax officials who use fear tactics and intimidation to cheat taxpayers out of their hard-earned money. We would also like you to know how and who to report these scams to ? even if you don?t fall for them. This release contains important information with embedded links that warrant saving for future reference.
Phishing scams are particularly relevant during the tax season. Taxpayers receive emails with the IRS logo and/or claiming to be from the "Taxpayer Advocate Service." The email asks the taxpayer to resolve an issue with his or her "2015 filing" by clicking a link within the email. The web page accessed then solicits personal information such as the recipient's legal name and contact information. Legitimate IRS Officials recommend consumers report all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS-related function to phishing@irs.gov. Recent scams have used the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to attract potential victims. Also, if you've experienced any monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident, please report it to the Treasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA) and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complaint Assistant to make the information available to investigators.
Telephone scams are conducted by a caller who instructs recipients to immediately make payments for back taxes through wire transfers or a pre-loaded debit card like Green Dot MoneyPakŪ. Through ?Telephonic spoofing" techniques, the scam phone numbers appear to be that of the IRS or local police departments. Scammers have also used fake names and IRS badge numbers, and may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim's Social Security Number. In some cases, these calls have been accompanied by a fake IRS e-mail sent to support the claim. If victims appear hesitant or unwilling to comply, the caller turns hostile by threatening police arrest or the loss of one's home. If the victim does not respond to these threats, the scammer may have others call the victim pretending to be from a government entity such as a local law enforcement agency. *Officials with Green Dot MoneyPakŪ warn consumers if they give their MoneyPak number to a criminal, Green Dot is not responsible for paying you back and the funds are not insured against loss.
Other tax scams come via paper mail, fax, fake websites, and by text message or Short Message Service (SMS). Please review the attached IRS directory designed to instruct consumers about what they should do if the receive suspicious IRS-related communication.

What to do if you receive a suspicious IRS-related communication:

If you receive an email claiming to be from the IRS that contains a request for personal information, taxes associated with a large investment, inheritance or lottery:
1. Don't reply.
2. Don't open any attachments. They can contain malicious code that may infect your computer or mobile phone.
3. Don't click on any links. Visit our identity protection page if you clicked on links in a suspicious email or website and entered confidential information.
4. Forward the email as-is to us atphishing@irs.gov. Don't forward scanned images because this removes valuable information.
5. Delete the original email.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee:
1. Record the employee's name, badge number, call back number and caller ID if available.
2. Call 1-800-366-4484 to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you.
  • If the person calling you is an IRS employee, call them back.
  • If not, report the incident to TIGTA and to us at phishing@irs.gov (Subject: 'IRS Phone Scam')
If you receive a letter, notice or form via paper mail or fax from an individual claiming to be the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee:
Go to the IRS home page and search on the letter, notice, or form number. Fraudsters often modify legitimate IRS letters. You can also find information at Understanding Your Notice or Letteror by searching Forms and Pubs.
  • If it is legitimate, you'll find instructions on how to respond or complete the form.
  • If you don't find information on our website or the instructions are different from what you were told to do in the letter, notice or form, call 1-800-829-1040 to determine if it's legitimate.
  • If it's not legitimate, report the incident toTIGTA and to us at phishing@irs.gov.
If you receive an unsolicited fax, such as Form W8-BEN claiming to be from the IRS, requesting personal information:
Please send us the email or scanned fax via email to phishing@irs.gov (Subject: 'FAX'). Visit the FATCA home page and Form W8-BEN for more information.
If you receive an unsolicited telephone call or email, involving a stock or share purchase, that involves suspicious IRS or Department of Treasury documents such as "advance fees" or "penalties":
...and you are a U.S. citizen located in the United States or its territories or a U.S. citizen living abroad.
1. Complete the appropriate complaint form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
2. Forward email to phishing@irs.gov (Subject: 'Stock').
3. If you are a victim of monetary or identity theft, you may submit a complaint through theFTC Complaint Assistant.
... and you are not a U.S. citizen and reside outside the United States.
1. Complete the appropriate complaint form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
2. Contact your securities regulator and file a complaint.
3. Forward email to phishing@irs.gov (Subject: 'Stock').
4. If you are a victim of monetary or identity theft, you may report your complaint toeconsumer.gov.
If you discover a website on the Internet that claims to be the IRS but you suspect it is bogus:
Send the URL of the suspicious site to phishing@irs.gov (Subject: 'Suspicious Website').
If you receive a text message or Short Message Service (SMS) message claiming to be from the IRS:
1. Don't reply.
2. Don't open any attachments. They can contain malicious code that may infect your computer or mobile phone.
3. Don't click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious SMS and entered confidential information, visit our identity protection page.
4. Forward the text as-is, to us at 202-552-1226.Note: Standard text messaging rates apply.
5. If possible, in a separate text, forward the originating number to us at 202-552-1226
6. Delete the original text.
For more information about IRS scams, visit https://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing
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