Police Thwart Grinch who Tried to Steal Christmas by Recovering Stolen Package and Stolen Vehicle
November 27, 2018 — Just after 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, a San Angelo Police Officer conducting patrol noticed a recently reported stolen vehicle traveling on the roadway.
The Officer initiated a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle, a white 2012 Mitsubishi passenger car, near South Bryant and West Avenue Q; however, the driver failed to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued.
The slow speed pursuit ended in the 1700 block of Kenwood Drive where the suspect then exited the car and fled on foot.
Additional Officers converged on the area and quickly established a perimeter. During the search, several citizens aided the Officers by pointing out the suspect’s direction of travel. The suspect was eventually located in the 1900 block of Austin Street and taken into custody without incident.
The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Landon C. Beatty, matched the physical and clothing description of a package theft suspect that the Department released on social media earlier this afternoon. The released photographs show Beatty stealing a package from the porch of a residence on Grandview Drive before loading it into the stolen Mitsubishi.
The stolen package, a KidKraft Shimmer Mansion 30-Piece Dollhouse that was a Christmas present for a little girl, was located inside the recovered stolen vehicle and later released. The recovered stolen vehicle was also released to the registered owner.
Beatty was charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Class B Misdemeanor Theft, and Evading Arrest.