Between Saturday (06/30/2012) and Tuesday (07/03/2012) Travis County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to seven burglaries and one stolen pickup calls. All of the victims are residents of the Hills of Lakeway subdivision and in all but one the victims left either their homes unlocked or a vehicle unlocked with a garage door remote in the
vehicle. The only burglary in which forced entry was made was the burglary of the Golf Pro Shop at the golf course. A total of 6 firearms (4-handguns and 2 semi-automatic rifles) were stolen from a victim’s home. Three of these handguns were found at the golf course when the suspects fled the scene, leaving them behind. A golf cart was
also discovered to have been stolen from the golf course. Evidence found at the scene of each crime indicates that they were committed by the same suspect(s).
Travis County Detectives and Patrol Deputies are working diligently to identify those responsible for these crimes however, to date no suspects have been identified.
Between Wednesday (07/11/2012) and Monday (07/16/2012) the Lakeway Police Department responded to eight vehicle burglaries and two home burglaries all of which occurred less than a mile away and in a small geographic area near the Lakeway Airpark. In each of these crimes the homes garage was left open, unlocked or opened with a garage
door opener found in one of the unlocked vehicles. The suspects then attempted to gain entry into one of the homes with a key found in the garage but fled the scene. The M.O. in each of these crimes are the same, linking them to the same suspect(s) and are believed to have been committed by the same suspects that committed the burglaries the previous week in the Hills of Lakeway subdivision. Lakeway Police Detectives and officers are working closely with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to attempt to identify suspects that will be mutually beneficial in solving all of these related crimes in both jurisdictions.
All of these crimes have occurred during the overnight hours and in each case the victims were at home when the suspect(s) entered their home to commit these crimes. These suspects are very bold and are expected to continue their crime spree until caught. This information is being sent out to the public to increase awareness and to assist in the
identification of these suspects, whom should be considered armed and potentially dangerous.
How can residents assist us in our investigations?
First and foremost, residents are strongly encouraged to reduce their own likelihood of becoming a victim by LOCKING THE DOORS to their homes and vehicles.
We encourage residents to remove their garage door opener remotes from their vehicles. Small key fob remotes can be purchased at local home improvement stores such as Lowes and Home Depot very inexpensively, and are easily self-programmed. When attached to their keys, the remote is carried into the home with the keys instead of being left in their vehicle – giving a criminal access to their garage and / or home. Residents are asked to call your respective law enforcement agency – call 9-1-1 if they observe anything or anyone suspicious in their neighborhood. We ask that they do not attempt to approach suspicious persons on their own due to a potential armed suspect encounter.
Additionally we are still actively searching for a stolen White Ford F-150 Platinum Series 4-door Pickup displaying Texas License Plate #:BU8-6119. Granted, there are a lot of White Ford F-150 4-door pickups in Central Texas, but if this vehicle is seen with its accompanying license plate, residents are asked to please call 9-1-1 and report its
Lastly, we are asking anyone with information regarding these crimes and / or the suspects are asked to please call Travis County Sheriff’s Detective Darrell Gibson at (512)854-9728 or Lakeway Police Detective Mike Pribble at
Date: 6:11:41 PM 07/19/2012 EDT
Lakeway Police Department
Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Contact Name: Detective Darrell Gibson Contact Name: Detective Mike Pribble
Contact Phone: 512-854-9728 Contact Phone: 512-314-7549
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