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Southland Theft Suspect Returns Stolen Speaker to Victim, Turns Himself In After Learning about Vira

A 19-year-old San Angelo man who was captured on home surveillance video stealing a Bluetooth speaker from the backyard of a Southland residence has been identified. 

The suspect came to Police Department Headquarters early this morning to speak with authorities.  During an interview with a Criminal Investigations Division Detective, the suspect revealed he had previously been inside the victim’s backyard doing construction work [employed by a contractor] and knew exactly where the speaker was located.  It was also discovered that the suspect was alerted to the San Angelo Police Department’s published viral video by a friend who encouraged him to turn himself in. 

Prior to the interview, the suspect reportedly returned the stolen speaker to the victim’s residence.  Authorities have confirmed the item’s return. 

The video of the theft was shared on the Neighbors by Ring app and posted to the San Angelo Police Department’s Facebook page shortly after the investigation began on Monday, December 2, 2019.  Within an hour of the post, the Department began receiving tips naming the suspect.  

The San Angelo Police Department continues to encourage residents to secure/lock doors, windows, and gates, to follow the Department’s Facebook and Twitter Pages for crime alerts and prevention information, and to sign up for the Neighbors by Ring app.  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.    

The investigation has been referred to the County Attorney’s Office for review.