String of East Austin burglaries have neighbors on edge

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A string of burglaries in East Austin has many people living there concerned for their safety.

Last Friday burglars broke into a home in the 1100 block of Gardner Road. A couple miles away, thieves also hit a house in the 3600 block of Grant Street. And police say there have been others in the same area.

Pinaki Ghosh lives on Grant Street and knew something was up when he saw two men he didn’t recognize walking around his house.

In surveillance video from Ghosh’s home, the two men start to walk away when Ghosh runs outside to confronts them. “You see the first kid start running, then the second kid started running also.”

GOING IN-DEPTH // Burglary trends
While the number of burglaries is up slightly in East Austin, the numbers city-wide are actually down.

  • So far this year there have been 1,200 burglaries.
  • The number is about 200 fewer than this time last year.

According to police, officers later arrested the two teens accused of breaking into another house.

Ghosh is thankful for the cameras on his house but worries the burglars may get out and come back.

“These repeat criminals at some point, when they don’t get their money, become more dangerous,” he said, “and someone will get hurt.”

There have been 47 burglaries in central east Austin this year, according to Austin Police Department reports. Last year at this time there were 45.

Thieves striking during the day is the scariest part for some nearby residents.

“I keep my door open on the side cause of my dogs that come in and out,” said Gloria Valdez says. “It’s sad.”

“It’s actually really surprising and that makes me more concerned than if it was at night,” said Dani Windhausen, who lives on Gardner Road. “Someone is pretty bold to do it in broad daylight.”

So far no one has been hurt.

While the number of burglaries is up slightly in East Austin the numbers city-wide are actually down.

 

 

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