100 purses and 100 pairs of shoes stolen from Austin home

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 17-year-old and three juveniles were arrested last month after they allegedly stole more than 100 purses and 100 pairs of shoes from a Northeast Austin home. The homeowner called police Feb. 27 and said a television, laptop and jewelry were also missing from the home on Adair Drive.

Raquel Esquivel, 17, told police she had been smoking pot with her boyfriend and two other friends Feb. 26 when they decided to commit the crime, according to an arrest affidavit. She said they looked for a house with no cars outside and stopped at the home on Adair Drive.

The homeowner said his family was in the process of moving and they left the house around 4 p.m. that day. Esquivel said they filled the trunk of the car completely full of stolen items and started to drive away when her boyfriend decided he wanted to break into another home.

About 5:30 p.m., police were called to a home on Briarcreek Loop near Manor after a man said two people tried to break into his house. The two men ran from the home and drove off in a Chrysler Sebring, according to an arrest affidavit. A Travis County Sheriff’s deputy checking the area saw the car speed past him and pulled the vehicle over.

The driver reportedly told the officer there were drugs in the car and Esquivel later handed him a bag of marijuana, the document said. A search of the vehicle turned up several Michael Kors purses, numerous shoes and jewelry.

Esquivel is charged with burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony.

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