Shoplifter Arrested After Brief Foot Pursuit
A broadcast call regarding a shoplifter at a local store leads to the arrest of the suspect and seizure of suspected stolen property early this morning.
May 28, 2014, at approximately 3:50 a.m., San Angelo Public Safety Communications (Dispatch) received a call regarding a shoplifter who had just left Wal-Mart Supercenter located at 610 W 29th Street with a 37” television. While officers were responding to the store, Dispatch sent out a radio message stating the suspect had left the store and was running through the field towards MLK.
SAPD officer, Tony Lopez, arrived first and set up a perimeter with other patrol units who began searching for the suspect. SAPD Officers Pruitt and Thomas soon located the suspect and pursued him to the 300 block of W 26th Street where Noriega jumped a fence to private property. Officers Pruitt and Thomas continued the pursuit of suspect who was quickly arrested.
After the suspect was handcuffed, he was identified as Joshua Noriega of San Angelo. Once officers placed Noriega under arrest, a search of his person revealed a driver’s license and debit card that had been taken in a vehicle burglary earlier in the evening. Noriega requested medical treatment for an injury to his foot.
San Angelo Fire Department Medics were requested to the scene to address Noriega’s complaints and transport him to a nearby hospital for evaluation. Upon his release from the hospital, Noriega was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Evading Arrest/ Detention, Class B Theft of Property, and Criminal Trespass.
The television Noriega reportedly stole from Wal-Mart was recovered in the parking lot and returned to the store. The driver’s license and debit cards found on Noriega’s person were also returned to the victim of the vehicle burglary.
The investigation into the vehicle burglary is ongoing.