ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Two burglary suspects in Round Rock have been arrested after they were caught on surveillance camera stealing from unlocked vehicles.
On Oct. 3, Round Rock police arrested Manor resident Milton Gabriel Campos, 19, and Victor Logan Flores, 23, of Austin. Both of them face charges for multiple counts of burglarizing a vehicle.
During the month of June, there was a spike in the number of car burglary reports in Round Rock. The cars were targeted at night in residential areas; from Kensington Place, to Windy Park, Greenslopes, Forest Buff and the Preserve at Dyer Creek. Campos was identified as a suspect through video from numerous victims. Investigators then named Flores as an accomplice in the burglaries.
“I had just gotten the car Memorial Day weekend and I didn’t know that the car doesn’t auto lock,” explains Stacey Torres, one of the car burglary victims.
When Torres checked her car one morning in June, she realized her Michael Kors watch had been stolen from the glove box.
“I was going to take it to get sized. It was given to me when I was pregnant so it was kind of like a rite of passage when I was going to be able to get it sized, you know I’ve lost all the baby weight,” explains Torres.
Torres says her homeowners insurance reimbursed her for the watch, but that’s not always the case.
“Unfortunately sometimes, people just don’t have the insurance, and if we can’t recover the items for them, they’re simply out the item or the money,” explains Sgt. Steven McDaniel with the Round Rock Police Department.
It can be difficult to track down stolen items, but catching the bad guys is a little easier with cameras.
“We see nowadays a lot more homes with surveillance cameras and that certainly aids us in many of our investigations,” says McDaniel.
Round Rock Police say once they see a face on surveillance video, they can send out alerts. It’s not uncommon for an officer to recognize the suspect from a previous case.
In this case, once they had a name, they matched it to a picture on social media. Campos has been charged with 12 counts of burglary and is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $180,000 bond. Flores is being held at the Travis County Jail on a $90,000 bond.
Car burglaries they have been connected to on June 11 and June 22:
- 1100 block Dyer Crossing Way
- 1100 block Forest Bluff Trail
- 500 block Windsor Road
- 300 block Meadowcreek Circle
- 1300 block Green Downs Drive
- 1400 block Green Terrace Drive
- 1500 block Ashwood Court
- 1800 block Courtney Cove