‘Career Criminal’ sought in a dozen burglary cases

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are looking for a suspect they say is a “career criminal” possibly responsible for more than a dozen theft and burglary cases. Garret Neal Dotson has been convicted eight separate times, according to an arrest affidavit. He most recently served 200 days in jail.

A warrant for his arrest was issued this week after fingerprint analysis came back as a match to Dotson in a September 2013 burglary. In that case, police say a woman living in East Austin reported having a full size kitchen table, 4 dining chairs, 2 bar stools, 2 bed side tables, 2 lamps and other items taken from her home. Because of the amount and size of the items, police say the burglary would have taken some planning. Another burglary in the neighborhood was reported just a few days later.

During the course of the investigation, the detective found Dotson had been arrested 13 times by Austin Police Department and four of those arrests were connected to burglaries and theft.

Dotson’s criminal history includes larceny, assault causing bodily injury, theft, drug charges, burglary and trespassing. The warrant said he has been placed on probation numerous times and is not currently in jail or prison. He was sentenced to 200 days in jail in February 2014.

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