AUSTIN (KXAN) — Crime is spiking in one of the busiest parts of Austin, and it is happening in the same area where large rocks are being thrown at cars from overpasses along Interstate 35 between 32nd and 40th streets.
A crime-tracking map from the Austin Police Department shows thieves hit four gas stations in the area so far this year. There have also been more than 13 assaults, and 28 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated.
One business that was burglarized captured the suspect on camera.
“I’ve worked here about six years, but that’s never happened,” said Yatri Oli, a convenience store worker at the store. “This is the first time it’s happened.”
The owner of the store discovered his store had been burglarized when he went to open up early the next morning. The burglar didn’t even have to break the front glass door. Instead, he was able to pry in between the two doors and unlock the deadbolt. An extra metal strip has been added to the door to prevent future break-ins.
The surveillance video showed the man slamming the locked cash register on the counter repeatedly in an attempt to open it. He finally ripped it off the counter and broke it open. The video also shows the man breaking into a safe and grabbing a couple of laptops.
The store surveillance system has an alarm, but it failed to go off and notify police. If the alarm had worked properly, the owner believes police could have been there in time to catch the man.