APD arrest suspect in 25 motor vehicle burglaries

Staff reports

The Anna Police Department recently announced that officers arrested a suspect who is believed to have broken into 25 vehicles in one night in June.

Between sundown on June 17 and sunrise on June 18, a single suspect committed 25 burglary of a motor vehicle offenses at 19 locations in an Anna neighborhood. In one case, the suspect used the garage door opener from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway to open a garage door, enter the garage and burgle an unlocked vehicle parked inside the garage. Property taken in the 25 burglaries included a handgun, purses, debit cards, credit cards, house keys, car keys and electronic stereo equipment.

Anna Police Det. Tracy Foster obtained security footage from victims’ homes and residences of neighbors for the time period when the burglaries occurred. Foster observed a white male suspect in multiple videos moving from driveway to driveway checking vehicle door handles. The white male was also observed driving a small white hatchback passenger card.

Foster noticed the suspect had the same build, tattoos and overall features of an Anna resident, who the department had previously dealt with in 2015 for motor vehicle burglary offenses in Anna and surrounding cities.

Foster went to the suspect’s last known Anna address and upon arrival observed a small white hatchback vehicle parked at the location, which looked like the suspect vehicle observed in the videos. Foster made contact with suspect at this location, advised he was investigating multiple motor vehicle burglaries.

The suspect waived his Miranda Warning and admitted to being the white male in the security video breaking into motor vehicles in Anna on the night of June 18. The suspect also said the white vehicle observed in the security footage belonged to a relative. While interviewing the suspect, Anna Police detectives observed property, in plain view, that appeared to be the same property taken in the burglaries.

Foster obtained arrest warrants for the suspect for the offenses if burglary of a habitation, burglary of a motor vehicle with two prior convictions and theft of a firearm, all of which are felonies. He was later arrested and booked into the Collin County Jail on the three felony charges.

Foster recovered most of the property taken, including the handgun, house keys, car keys, wallet and Texas driver’s license.

“On many major cases, it may be weeks/months from initial investigation until we can make public specifics about the incident,” the department tweeted on Tuesday. “This is one which really supports making sure vehicles parked in the driveway and on the street are locked, especially at night.”