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Press Release #020516(06)-San Angelo Man Arrested after Forgery Incident

A 46-year-old San Angelo man remains jailed this afternoon after an attempted forgery at a local grocery store.
Just before midnight, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Albertsons Grocery Store located at 3121 Sunset Drive for the report of a forgery in progress.
Police arrived and attempted to detain the suspect but the suspect fled and a chase ensued until Officers caught him as he attempted to escape through a nearby open field. The man was taken into custody without further incident and identified as Bernard Balderaz (03-15-69).
During the investigation, Officers learned Balderaz had attempted to purchase items from Albertsons using a personal check that appeared to be forged. A Detective with the Criminal Investigations Division responded to conduct a follow up investigation and it was learned the check Balderaz attempted to use was stolen during a recent vehicle burglary. During a search of Balderaz, Police located the stolen checkbook and a suspected stolen debit card. The items were seized and tagged into evidence.
Balderaz was charged with Evading Arrest/Detention and two outstanding County Warrants. Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this investigation.
One Patrol Officer received minor injuries during the chase with Balderaz. The Officer was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and is expected to recover.