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APD Seeking Help Finding SXSW Criminals

APD is seeking the public's assistance in locating SXSW Burglary Victims

On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, North Central patrol officers responded to a Burglary call at a local hotel.  Upon arrival officers learned that three rooms had been burglarized while the victims were out at various SXSW events.  The suspect(s) entered the rooms by forcing the doors open and stole primarily electronic/technology related items. 

Some of the stolen items were equipped with software that allowed officers to track them to an apartment complex in the North Central part of the city. 

On-call Burglary Unit detectives responded and obtained a search warrant for the apartment.  Upon serving the search warrant, detectives located and recovered a large amount of property.  So far, detectives have linked the recovered property to approximately a dozen hotel burglaries at various hotels. 

As of today, a significant portion of the recovered property has not been reported stolen.  Detectives believe that the suspects were possibly taking advantage of the large number of visitors in town for SXSW who would likely possess a significant amount of technology related items. 

The Burglary Unit has already found that some of the victims left town following the burglaries without filing police reports (as has been the case so far in at least two cases).  This is making it difficult for detectives to contact the rightful owners and return their property to them. 
Detectives have several “persons of interest” but charges have not yet been filed.

The APD Burglary Unit is encouraging anyone who has been a theft/burglary victim or if you have witnessed any suspicious persons/behavior, especially at local motels, to call 9-1-1 immediately.  If you are not in Austin, please call the APD Burglary Unit 512-974-6941 or send an email toAPDBurlaryUnit@austintexas.gov.


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03/15/2012 6:21AM
APD Seeking Help Finding SXSW Criminals
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