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Cremated Remains Stolen in Recent Storage Unit Burglary Returned to Family

During the course of several recent storage unit burglary investigations, the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit (ACU) recovered a large amount of stolen property, which included the cremated remains of a San Angelo man marked with ‘Gutierrez Funeral Home 2009’. 

ACU members made several attempts to contact the decedent’s next of kin but the contact numbers in the Department’s records management system were no longer in service.  

With assistance from Gutierrez Funeral Home, the decedent’s family was eventually located and arrangements to return the ashes are currently underway. 

It was discovered that the decedent’s family was in the process of combining two households when their storage unit was burglarized. 

The Department would like to thank the staff at Gutierrez Funeral Home for their assistance.  We are extremely grateful that the decedent’s remains will be returned to his family for a proper resting place. 

A suspect associated with the recent storage unit burglary investigations, 32-year-old Brandon Costilla, was apprehended on April 17, 2020.  Costilla has been charged with Burglary of Building – Enhanced.