San Angelo Police Catch Burglar Inside Home thanks to Keen Witness

Feb 07, 2017   10:56 AM

A 41-year-old woman was arrested for Felony 2 Burglary of Habitation after being caught inside someone else’s home in a Santa Rita neighborhood Monday night. 

At about 6:00 p.m. yesterday, San Angelo Police responded to the 1000 block of W. Avenue D for the report of a suspicious woman who had been previously seen in the area asking Santa Rita residents for money and trying to open doors. 

Upon arrival, an Officer spoke with a witness who presented a cell phone picture of the suspicious woman.  The woman, who matched the clothing and physical description of the previous reports, was barefoot and wearing a black ankle monitor. 

After searching the immediate area, Officers received information that a door to a nearby residence in the 500 block of S. Washington was open.  That door was observed to be closed by an Officer upon initial response and the house was in the immediate area of where the suspect was last observed.    

While conducting a sweep of the residence, Officers observed random opened doors, drawers, and cabinets throughout the house.  Officers located the woman hiding in a closet on the second floor.  The woman was identified as Linda Ann Peterson.   

During the field investigation, it was determined Peterson was wearing clothing belonging to the homeowner.  No forced entry was located. 

Peterson was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.  In addition to the Burglary charge, Peterson was booked on an outstanding Parole Violation Warrant.      

Police would like to remind citizens to be vigilant, secure their personal property, and report suspicious activity to Police Dispatch at (325) 657-4315, or to 9-1-1 for crimes in progress.   

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