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Monday Walmart Bomb Threat Deemed Hoax
Feb 28, 2019   07:31 PM

January 28, 2019 — At approximately 1:19 p.m., San Angelo Public Safety Communications received an anonymous call concerning a bomb threat at area Walmart stores.  

Walmart Officials evacuated each store and members of the San Angelo Police Department, San Angelo Fire Department, Fire Prevention Office, Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office and bomb-sniffing dogs and personnel from Goodfellow Air Force Base responded to each location.  Subsequent to the security sweeps, Fire Officials determined the threat was a hoax.  No evidence of explosive devices was located. 

Following the determination, Walmart Officials re-opened the stores to citizens.  

This is an active investigation and no further information is available for release at this time.  


Police Smell Marijuana, Find Nearly 54 Grams of Methamphetamine in Parked Vehicle
Feb 25, 2019   07:43 PM

Just before 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2019, a San Angelo Police Patrol Officer made contact with two occupants in a parked vehicle at the Stripes convenience store located at 1802 S. Bryant Blvd.  

While speaking with the occupants, the Officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.  

During the subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle, the Officer located nearly 54 grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia used to traffic narcotics.  The investigation revealed the occupants had smoked marijuana inside the vehicle just prior to the police contact.  

The vehicle’s 26-year-old driver, Crystal Garcia, was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 (Xanax) <28G.  The passenger, 28-year-old Ashley Garcia, was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and out-of-county warrants for MTR Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, MTR Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse X2, and Possession of Marijuana <2oz.  The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail. 


SAPD Searching for Suspect who Damaged Police Headquarters Roof in Weekend Mischief
Feb 25, 2019   07:42 PM

San Angelo Police are searching for a suspect who caused extensive damage to the roof at Police Headquarters this weekend.  

The damage occurred on Saturday, February 23, 2019.  The initial investigation revealed the unknown suspect swiftly entered the rooftop from the West and used an extreme amount of force to peel back a portion of the roof’s exterior coating before fleeing to the East.  

No arrests have been made at this time but Investigators believe the suspect’s first name is Gale.  Anonymous tips indicate Gale is sometimes referred to by her street name, “Mother Nature”, who is said to be a top-ranking official in the Natural Disaster Gang. 

In a press conference slated for Monday afternoon, Police Department Officials intend to throw caution to the wind by issuing Gale a warning. 

If your roof was the victim of criminal mischief Saturday and you believe Gale was at fault, please do not contact police to file a report.  Call your insurance adjuster. 


Investigators Obtain Arrest Warrant for Valentine’s Day Burglar Joshua T. Bonner
Feb 22, 2019   07:41 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have obtained an Arrest Warrant for Joshua Thomas Bonner, 33, of San Angelo, in connection to the early morning Burglary of a residence in the 2700 block of Tech Avenue on February 14, 2019. 

Bonner is alleged to have used force to enter the backdoor of the occupied residence.  The resident escaped without harm and sought help from a neighbor.  Bonner reportedly stole a purse. 

In the hours following the burglary, Investigators obtained surveillance video of a masked-suspect who was driving a black Nissan Titan pickup truck.  Through follow up investigation, Bonner was developed as a person of interest. 

That same day, San Angelo Police Department Officials released portions of the surveillance video to the public in hopes of soliciting tips.  Although Bonner was already a person of interest, the Department received an anonymous Nixle Tip naming Bonner as the masked-suspect.  

In an unrelated incident on February 20, 2019, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop on the black 2010 Nissan Titan.  The driver, Bonner, was subsequently arrested for Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon.  Bonner was later released after posting surety bond. 

After learning Bonner had certain items relating to the San Angelo burglary inside the truck, San Angelo Police Detective James Russell applied for a Search Warrant.  Upon completion of the search, Investigators seized several items that link Bonner to the burglary.  

Bonner has an active Arrest Warrant for Burglary of Habitation.  If you have information about Bonner’s whereabouts please contact law enforcement.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 


Investigators Seize Meth during Street Crimes Warrant Operation at Ben Ficklin Residence
Feb 20, 2019   07:36 PM

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed an Evidentiary Search Warrant at a residence in the 5400 block of Ben Ficklin Road. 

The warrant, issued by District Judge Jay Weatherby, named 39-year-old Shannon McGhee to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence. 

McGhee and 49-year-old David Steckling were located and detained during the search, which yielded approximately four (4) ounces of suspected Methamphetamine along with narcotic distribution paraphernalia. 

McGhee and Steckling were charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  

The Department’s Patrol Division, K-9 Unit, and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with yesterday’s operation. 


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