APD: Teens burglarize 10 homes, vehicles during crime spree in SW Austin
AUSTIN, Texas —
Four teens are facing multiple charges after police say they burglarized 10 homes and vehicles in southwest Austin over a three-month period.
KEYE TV spoke exclusively with one of the victims.
"[My husband] came in first and he said 'you stay in the car,'" Carolyn York said.
Carolyn and Frank York's home in the Bridges of Bear Creek subdivision was burglarized in early May.
According to arrest warrants, the couple was the last stop on what police are calling a "prolific, devastating crime wave" in southwest Austin.
"They broke out the window in our bedroom," Carolyn said. "They went through all the dresser drawers, into the bathroom, they took some prescription drugs."
The burglars also took expensive electronics and jewelry.
In the end, the York's were out $13,000 in damages and stolen property.
"Some of these can't be replaced," Carolyn York said. "It's not necessarily the monetary value it's the sentimental value."
The couple called Austin Police but also posted a warning on their neighborhood Facebook page.
That's where they learned "we were not the only one," Carolyn York said.
Another neighbor had surveillance cameras that captured the burglars ringing the doorbell, checking to see if anybody was home.
An arrest warrant shows audio from that video "revealed they were there to burglarize the residence."
It also connected 10 home and vehicle burglaries to four suspects, Brandon Andrew Brammer, 18, Zachary Khabir Anam, 19, Anthony Rodriguez, 17, and Johnathan Mitchell Aleman, 17.
Police believe the four stole a vehicle, firearms, prescription drugs and jewelry between March and May.
Some of the stolen items were later posted to social media.
In some of the cases the victims were home when the trio attempted to break in.
Each of the suspects is now facing multiple charges.
Only two of the suspects are in custody, but Carolyn York said an arrest doesn't equal justice.
"They say Travis County is the most lenient county in Texas for this kind of crime, they plead them out and they are back out again," she said. "I hope these boys get prison time. I hope they stay away because, from what I understand ,they've just gone bad on drugs."
But just in case, the Yorks have added security measures around their home, including a new security system with a surveillance camera.
"We can see who is at the front door and we can talk to them," Carolyn said.
The couple is also advocating their neighbors do the same.
"We don't know why they picked us," she said. "That's what bothers us more than anything."