AUSTIN (KXAN) — At least three people, including two juveniles, were arrested in connection with a string of burglaries in Southeast Austin.
18-year-old Erik Rene Marciel is charged with attempted burglary of a residence.
One of the other juveniles is connected to as many as 11 burglary cases, according to court documents. Another juvenile is 10-years-old and possibly related to an older suspect.
“This is our property,” said Linda Narro. The thieves stole thousands of dollars’ worth of items from her house after kicking in the door on Easter Sunday. “My husband works hard to get it, and for somebody else just to take it? Now he has to buy his tools over again.”
“I couldn’t sleep that night,” Narro added. “I was up thinking, ‘what if they came in while my grandbabies are asleep.’’”
Because some of the suspected burglars are so young, they often do not spend much time in custody, and quickly return to committing the crimes.
“I understand they’re 10-13 years of age…if they can’t do anything to children, do it to the parents,” said Rosa Narro. “There needs to be more supervision…more supervision.”
The burglaries occurred in the 5200 block of Cocao Circle and the 2300 block of Cocao Lane. Police continue looking for more suspects.
Investigators say one of the young burglars is responsible for at least 11 crimes.
Police are still looking for more suspects.
The punishment for a child burglar is probation.
An adult could go to prison for up to 10 years.
The crime also carries a potential fine of up to $10,000.