APD seeks public’s assistance in locating two burglary suspects in 2017 case
Austin Police Department Burglary Unit is asking for the public's help in finding two suspects wanted for burglarizing a residence last December.
The incident happened on December 26, around 11 a.m. According to police, two suspects broke into a house located at the 500 block of Meadow Lea Drive.
Surveillance video was released by APD, showing two men entering the residence. One appears to be a white or Hispanic, about 6’2” tall, approximately 250 lbs., with a goatee and glasses. The other man appears to be a white or Hispanic, about 5’4” tall and approximately 180 lbs.
If you have nay information regarding the suspects, call the Austin Police Department Burglary Unit at 512-974-6941.
Owner Joseph Chauncey said he's surprised police haven't found the burglars yet. That's because towards the end of the video, one of the burglars sees the camera and looks at it. “The guy sees the camera and he’s like oh man and walks right up to it," Chauncey said.
Chauncey said they stole two things: a Playstation and that surveillance camera that caught the video. “I guess the camera was enough to freak them out and he walked up to it and took the camera thinking he’s taking the evidence, and it’s like, no it’s streamed to the internet already and I already have you on it," Chauncey said.
Neighbors were surprised at the timing of the burglary. It was at 11 a.m. on the day after Christmas. The two men broke a window that's next to the front door, in view of the street. “I couldn’t believe how brazen they were," next door neighbor Courtney Griffin said.
Griffin said she wasn't surprised it happened, though. She said there was another burglary in their neighborhood that week. It was the third in two weeks. She has nine cameras placed around her house. Unfortunately they didn't catch anything from the December burglary next door. They did capture two teens breaking into her car and stealing a gun in 2015. “To my knowledge they were never caught," Griffin said.
Griffin hopes her neighbor has better luck with his video. “I hope that this helps for sure, it’s three months later so we’ll see," Griffin said.