April 12, 2019 — The San Angelo Police Department will be celebrating the third full week of April (April 14-20) as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world’s citizens.
This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. Our San Angelo Public Safety Communications family will be honored for their hard work and dedication by several local businesses that have made donations as a show of appreciation for the sacrifices dispatchers make in order to make a safer world for the public.
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Local Donors:
Christian House of Prayer Women’s Group
Little Caesars Pizza
South 277 BBQ
The San Angelo Police Department is pleased to announce that it has joined the free Neighbors app by Ring to provide the San Angelo community with real-time, local crime and safety information. The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe.
Residents can text ‘StaySafe’ to 555888 from their smartphone to download the Neighbors app for free on iOS and Android and use the app to; join their neighborhood, share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from their neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team. For more information visit www.ring.com/neighbors.
“I am a proponent of citizens using video technology as an effective way to deter crime on their property and in their neighborhoods. Easily installed and affordable video cameras are readily available to the consumer. The increased use of cameras has already resulted in solving several criminal cases, and aided in the identification of thieves in our community. The San Angelo Police Department is proud to have collaborated with Ring by joining the Neighbors App. This app will provide the San Angelo community with real-time local crime and safety information. It is a virtual neighborhood watch. Citizen safety is always a priority for us.” — Chief of Police, Frank Carter
Jamie Siminoff, Chief Inventor and Founder of Ring, said: “We’re excited to have the San Angelo Police Department join Neighbors to keep their community up-to-date on local crime and safety information. Over the past few years we have learned that, when neighbors, the Ring team and law enforcement all work together, we can create safer communities. Neighbors is meant to facilitate real-time communication between these groups, while maintaining neighbor privacy first and foremost. By bringing security to every neighbor with the free Neighbors app, the San Angelo community can stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen.”
How It Works
Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division charged a 26-year-old San Angelo woman with Forgery of Government/National Government Instrument/Money/Security following a lengthy field investigation Thursday afternoon, April 11, 2019.
Officers were initially dispatched to the Smokers Outlet located at 1902 North Chadbourne Street for the report of a woman and two passengers in a white GMC Yukon that drove off after the driver attempted to purchase beer and cigarettes with counterfeit money.
During the follow-up investigation, Patrol Officers determined the Yukon was registered to a local car dealership. Officers went to the dealership and spotted the Yukon in the lot— It was then they learned the Yukon had recently been taken out for a test-drive by three subjects who returned it about an hour later and that the subjects, who were now test-driving another vehicle, were expected to return soon. Officers also learned that the vehicle the suspects arrived in, a green Ford Escape, was parked in the lot.
Once the subjects returned, Officers converged on the area and detained the trio without incident. They were identified as 26-year-old Eternity Sanchez, 28-year-old Albert Garcia, and 26-year-old Crystal N. Garcia of San Angelo.
During an open-air ‘sniff’ of the suspect’s Ford Escape, Police Service Dog Vader alerted the officers to the presence of contraband. Vader’s alert led to a probable cause search of the vehicle where officers located Methamphetamine.
Subsequent to the field investigation, Sanchez was found to be in possession of additional counterfeit U.S. currency. Garcia was arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 as well as warrants of arrest for GOB Aggravated Robbery, GOB Fleeing Police Officer and GOB Evading Arrest Detention. C. Garcia received a citation for Drug Paraphernalia that was located inside her clothing.
The Department’s Anti-Crime Unit assisted with the investigation.
April 10, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division and SWAT Team executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 2600 block of Freeland Avenue.
The warrant, issued by District Judge Ben Woodward, named 37-year-old Donald Short to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence.
Short was located inside the residence and detained during the search, where investigators located and seized a quantity of Methamphetamine, altered firearms, and narcotic paraphernalia.
Short was arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
The Department’s Patrol Division, K-9 Unit, and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.
The San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)for their investigative achievements and contributions towards operation “Tragic Kingdom” — an investigation spearheaded by the DEA’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).
The letter of commendation highlights the outstanding and unselfish contribution of the Street Crimes Division to the DEA San Antonio District Office Enforcement Group D-53 and specifically recognizes Street Crimes Case Agents Chris Chappa and Hank Hethcock for working countless hours of surveillance and utilizing sources that ultimately aided the infiltration of the criminal organizations named in Tragic Kingdom — work that has greatly influenced the success of the investigation.
In closing, Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy thanked Police Chief Frank Carter and the San Angelo Police Department Street Crimes Division for their continued support to an environment of cooperation and collaboration within the greater law enforcement community.
Investigation Tragic Kingdom began in December 2017. To date, the investigation has led to the seizure over twenty-six (26) Kilograms of Methamphetamine, nearly two (2) Kilograms of Cocaine, over four (4) Kilograms of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), over two hundred eighty-three grams of Heroin, over forty (40) pounds of Marijuana, more than one hundred ten (110) firearms, nearly $105,000.00 in narcotics proceeds, as well as thirty-one (31) federal indictments and nine (9) state cases.
“In 2016, the Street Crimes Division was given a clear mission; investigate and dismantle drug trafficking organizations that affect our quality of life in San Angelo. Operations of this magnitude are simply not possible without the resources of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the commitment of my detectives, the cooperation of our many law enforcement partners, and the support of the San Angelo Police Department. I am extremely proud of our people and this achievement, yet motivated to improve and be even more effective. I want our community to know they are surrounded by talented, well trained, committed law enforcement professionals that care deeply for our city.”
— Lieutenant Ed Kading, SAPD Street Crimes Division Commander
Operation Tragic Kingdom is an ongoing investigation.