Man arrested after drunken stealing spree

Published 10:24 am Monday, July 27, 2015

A 36-year-old Austin man went on a drunken stealing spree before police caught him early Sunday morning.

Police Chief Brian Krueger said the suspect allegedly broke into a southwest Austin home, stole a TV, tried to leave the TV at a friend’s house, got into a fight, called the police on his friend, then was caught an hour later stealing weed trimmers from a lawn service company.

Police were called to the 600 block of 10th Avenue Southwest at about 1:18 a.m. Sunday by the suspect, who said his friend had assaulted him. The suspect left the property before police arrived, however. His friends told police he tried to leave a 42-inch TV at the home, but his friends refused to take it. At that point, the suspect allegedly got belligerent and shoved people before someone pushed him back

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Shortly after that, a homeowner at the 300 block of 10th Avenue Southwest reported someone had broken into her unlocked home and stole her 42-inch Samsung smart TV. The victim got her TV back, according to Krueger.

Officers found the suspect riding a bicycle near 14th Street and Fifth Avenue Northwest at about 2:30 p.m. When they stopped the suspect, they noticed three gas-powered weed trimmers nearby and a lawn service truck a block away. Krueger said the man allegedly broke into the truck and stole the weed trimmers.

The suspect was taken to Mower County jail pending formal charges. Krueger said the suspect was intoxicated when police arrested him.