Ve­hi­cle bur­glar­ies spike in Pflugerville

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Mike Parker mparker@ac­n­news­pa­pers.com

Pflugerville po­lice are rec­om­mend­ing res­i­dents lock their ve­hi­cles and bring in any be­long­ings fol­low­ing an in­crease in ve­hi­cle bur­glar­ies in July.

As of July 27, the Pflugerville Po­lice Depart­ment had re­ceived 44 re­ports of bur­glar­ies of mo­tor ve­hi­cles that month, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. At least 10 of those bur­glar­ies oc­curred be­tween July 25 and July 26 in the Spring­brook En­clave sub­di­vi­sion, with nine others oc­cur­ring the pre­vi­ous evening in the Gatlin­burg sub­di­vi­sion.

Po­lice ar­rested three sus­pects in con­nec­tion to bur­glar­ies on the night of July 24.

Michael Abrego, 19, Cobey Hill, 18, and a male ju­ve­nile face a charge of en­gag­ing in or­ga­nized crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and three counts of bur­glary of a ve­hi­cle, the re­lease says. Hill is also charged with evad­ing ar­rest, it says.

Of­fi­cers re­cov­ered mul­ti­ple firearms and are work­ing with Austin po­lice to re­trace one of them, which of­fi­cials said they be­lieve was stolen in Austin, the re­lease says.

Po­lice re­ceived video footage of one man look­ing through ve­hi­cles about 1:46 a.m. July 26 in the Spring­brook En­clave sub­di­vi­sion. The man walks up to two ve­hi­cles in a drive­way and opens their doors, which were un­locked.

The spike in ve­hi­cle bur­glar­ies in July comes af­ter only 17 were re­ported in June, ac­cord­ing to data pro­vided by the po­lice depart­ment.

But in May, po­lice listed 53 ve­hi­cle bur­glar­ies.

In the re­lease, Pflugerville po­lice rec­om­mended:

Al­ways lock your car doors, no mat­ter where your ve­hi­cle is parked. Take all be­long­ings with you. If you must leave an item in your ve­hi­cle, place it in your trunk or some­where else out of plain view to avoid a break-in.

In­stall a home se­cu­rity cam­era. The footage pro­vided by th­ese cam­eras is in­cred­i­bly help­ful to de­tec­tives work­ing a case.

“It’s im­por­tant to take your valu­ables with you when you leave your car, and to se­cure your ve­hi­cle by lock­ing it,” Pflugerville Po­lice Chief Jes­sica Robledo said in the re­lease. “We are strength­en­ing pa­trol of neigh­bor­hoods and work­ing to solve th­ese cases, but we also need the com­mu­nity’s help to make crim­i­nals’ jobs more dif­fi­cult.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the ve­hi­cle bur­glar­ies is asked to call po­lice at 512-990-5700.

Pam Simp­son checks out the si­lent auc­tion ta­bles dur­ing the Smithville Area Cham­ber of Com­merce’s 21st an­nual Casino Night.

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