AUSTIN (KXAN) — Homeowners in one area of Southwest Austin breathed a sigh of relief after a man suspected in dozens of break-ins was captured last Friday. But police are not sure if he was the only suspect involved.
Gary Calvin Whiteis was captured in Roswell, N.M. after an investigation found he had fled there from Texas. But police are not sure how long he was there, or if he was behind all of the burglaries in Austin.
As police search for suspects, many residents were taking security measures into their own hands. Patrick Nolan installed two cameras on his house to protect his house and family. They monitor what happens 24/7, and transmit a stream straight to his cell phone.
Like his neighbors, Nolan’s glad to hear Whiteis is off the streets.
“It’s a comfort to know one person has been picked up,” he said. “We can live normal lives. We just have to be aware what’s around us.”
Police believe Whiteis is responsible for several break-ins in the Village at Western Oaks dating back to last summer. They admit other thieves could be targeting the neighborhood too. Because of this, police will continue their beefed up patrols with officers on four-wheelers.
“I know there’s been some odd activity happening in the neighborhood for awhile now,” said Jeff Shields, who moved into the neighborhood seven years ago. “I hope they can pin down who’s at the root of it.”
Shields recently installed new doors, a new security system and brought home a 140-pound Great Dane.
“The fact that whoever has been doing it is brazen enough to break in even when people are home and things like that…it’s wonderful to hear he’s been caught.”
Investigators continue to ask people to keep an eye out for anyone or anything suspicious.