Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have identified the suspect who stole a painting from City Hall last month, thanks to multiple tips from the public.
The painting, which was on loan from the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, was recovered this morning and is in Police custody.
At this time, no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
The Department would like to thank our citizens and media partners for sharing the surveillance video, which had over 49,000 views on Facebook, as well as the information in the press release. This community partnership indisputably led to the painting’s recovery.
Update 1-5-17, 3:30 p.m.: The victim, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, has declined to press charges.
The San Angelo Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the man featured in these photos and videos.
On December 30, 2016, the man stole a painting from the 4th floor of San Angelo City Hall, 72 West College Avenue. The painting isvalued at approximately $9,000.00.
The man appears to be Caucasian, over 60, with salt-and-pepper hair. He was wearing a black western hat, brown jacket, light-colored long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and dark boots.
After removing the painting, the man exited City Hall with the painting concealed in his jacket, walked across the street, and left in a dark-colored older model pickup.
If you have information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts, call Detective Noel Anderson at (325) 657-4344. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers of San Angelo at (325) 658-4357 or visit www.sanangelocrimestoppers.com to submit a web tip or download the P3 Tips App.
[Videos available on the Department’s Facebook Page]
A 67-year-old San Angelo woman was rescued from the Concho River by Police and Fire personnel after her motorized wheelchair fell down the river’s bank yesterday afternoon.
Just before 3:30 p.m., San Angelo Public safety communications received a 9-1-1 call from a passerby who said a woman was in the Concho River near Bell Street and Rio Concho Drive yelling for help.
Officers arrived and located the woman stuck in the water. Officer E. McAndrews shed dis duty equipment, and after being assisted down the bank by other officers at the scene, entered the water where he tended to the woman until Fire Department personnel arrived. The woman was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Officers learned the woman had been on the pathway along the river when her motorized wheelchair malfunctioned and went towards the riverbank where it overturned. Officers transported the woman’s wheelchair back to her apartment complex.
Just after 9:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Walmart Neighborhood market located at 1852 W. Beauregard Avenue for the report of a shoplifter leaving the store.
While enroute to the call, Officers received additional information about the suspect’s description and that he kicked the front glass door.
Upon arrival, Officer C. Schneider observed several citizens pointing at the suspect, who was attempting to walk away. Officer Schneider approached the man and directed him to stop several times but the man refused to comply, raised his fists, and threatened to harm the Officer.
After threatening the Officer, the suspect ran back towards the store where he was taken into custody with assistance from an Air Force Military Police Officer who was nearby.
The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Gilberto Lee Barrientos of San Angelo. Employees said Barrientos stole 5 boxes of miscellaneous candy from the store prior to police arrival. Some of the candy was located in Barrientos’s pocket at the time of arrest and other candy was located near a sidewalk.
Barrientos was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and booked for Class C Misdemeanor Theft, Evading Arrest Detention, and Criminal Mischief for damaging the store’s door.
San Angelo Police are continuing to search for two suspects who pulled a knife on a Best Buy employee while trying to leave the store with stolen items Monday night.
Police were dispatched to the store located at 4325 Sunset Drive around 8:20 p.m. for the report of a Robbery. Officers interviewed employees who said two men were attempting to leave the store with stolen merchandise when a store employee confronted the men. A scuffle ensued and at some point, one of the suspects pulled a knife and pressed it to the employee’s arm. The employee disengaged the suspects and the suspects fled on foot towards Batteries Plus, located in the same shopping center. The employee reportedly suffered a minor scrape during the scuffle.
Surveillance shows one suspect appears to be a white male and the other appears to be a Hispanic male, both in their late twenties to early thirties. No arrests have been made at this time and Investigators are asking for the public’s help. If you have information about this incident or the suspects’ identities or whereabouts, contact Crime Stoppers of San Angelo at (325) 658-4357 or visit www.sanangelocrimestoppers.com to submit a web tip or download the P3 Tips App. Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers.
This is an active investigation and no other information is available for release at this time.