SAPD finds drugs, stolen firearm recovering stolen vehicles

San Angelo Police Department officers found drugs and a stolen firearm and made three arrests while recovering stolen vehicles Sunday and Monday.

According to a press release from the SAPD, at around 4:10 p.m. Sunday, Officer T. Dietz was patrolling the unit block of East 25th Street when he saw a white Nissan Versa, similar to one that was reported stolen from the 2800 block of Chestnut Street in early November.

After confirming the vehicle was stolen, Dietz followed the vehicle to a residence located in the unit block of West 26th  Street, where the vehicle’s male driver and passenger exited and ran. The driver was found a short time later by a responding officer and taken into custody without incident. He was identified as Manuel Justin Rivas, 25, and ultimately charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest detention, possession of controlled substance Penalty Group 1, possession of dangerous drug and Class B possession of marijuana. Rivas’ passenger was not located.

This is the fifth stolen vehicle Officer Dietz has located within recent weeks.

Around 7:20 a.m. Monday, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 3300 block of North Haven Court, where a victim reported the theft of a maroon 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Later in the shift, Apprentice Police Officer S. Beal saw the stolen Jeep and initiated a high-risk traffic stop at South Abe Stret and West Avenue D. The driver, identified as 30-year-old Calvin Wayne Thames Sr., and his 17-year-old passenger, Xavier Matheo Rivas, were taken into custody without incident.

Thames and Rivas were transported to police headquarters for questioning. Subsequent to their interviews, Thames was charged with unlawful possession of firearm by a felon, in connection to a stolen handgun that was found inside the stolen Jeep.

Rivas was charged with possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 1 (methamphetamine).

Charges for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle are pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.