Stolen PT Cruiser found by SAPD officer looking for another stolen vehicle Thursday

A San Angelo Police officer patrolling the 600 block of San Jacinto Street early Thursday morning looking for a stolen vehicle, found a PT Cruiser from an unrelated report of a stolen vehicle.

According to a press release from the San Angelo Police Department, around 2:45 a.m. Thursday, Patrol Officer R. Espinoza was patrolling in an attempt to find a stolen vehicle from an unrelated incident, when he saw a beige PT Cruiser blocking the alley.

Espinoza saw a male driver exit the vehicle and walk away. He then made contact with the unoccupied vehicle and discovered it had been reported stolen Nov. 30, from a residential burglary in the 800 block of Paint Rock Road.

Espinoza located the male as he exited a nearby residence and detained him.  The Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene for further investigation.

Subsequent to a field investigation, SAPD detectives learned the driver had borrowed the vehicle from another person and was not charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The 2006 PT Cruiser was released to the registered owner at the scene.

The suspect in the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle case remains at large and investigators are pursuing leads.