AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police were able to identify an East Austin coffee shop burglary suspect after a viewer saw the surveillance video KXAN aired and reported the suspect’s identity.
In the arrest affidavit police state they identified the suspect, 54-year-old Ron Showels, after the co-founder, Matthew Bolick, of The Brew & Brew coffee shop submitted the surveillance footage to KXAN hoping someone in the community would know him.
“As a result of [the KXAN] video being aired, Crime Stoppers received a tip naming the suspect,” said police in the affidavit.
Using the tip, police searched through their database finding an arrest photo that confirmed Showels as the suspect.
Police believe Showels stole cash from the coffee shop and bar located on 500 San Marcos Street, Feb. 4 around 5:43 p.m., according to the affidavit. The security footage shows the suspect entering the restricted events room in the back of the shop. Police said Showels could be seen opening a filing cabinet drawer and pocketing four stacks of $5 bills totaling $200.
Showels disappears from camera view after an employee enters and reportedly spooks him. Once the employee leaves, minutes later Showels reenters opening another cabinet drawer and taking a cash-filled bag.
“At the time we had just made change and the drawer was open, it was like a freak moment where everything lined up terribly,” said Bolick.
A warrant has been issued for Showels arrest.