KYLE, Texas (KXAN) – Police in Kyle are hoping the public can help identify a person they believe is behind a number of home burglaries.
Police say the suspect has been targeting the Amberwood and Spring Branch neighborhoods. The suspect has been seen driving a red four-door SUV, and police say he walks with a limp in security video.
“His actions don’t necessarily by themselves show that a burglary is in process,” said Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett. “It’s going to take a neighbor who knows who belongs at their next door neighbor’s house to give us a call.”
Investigators say the burglaries have been happening in the middle of the day when residents are away from their homes at work.
“He’s first going to the house, knocking on the doors to see if anyone answers, and then when no one’s homes, he leaves for a few minutes and then returns quickly and goes right up to the door and kicks it in,” said Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett.
Since Jan. 24, police believe the man has burglarized four homes, three in the Amberwood neighborhood and one in the Spring Branch neighborhood.
In security camera footage you can see the man back into an empty driveway, he gets out of the car leaving his door opens, then goes to the other side and opens one more. Police say this is most likely his way of making a quick escape and freeing up both hands to carry the items he stole.
“This person is only there for a few minutes, so they are committing their burglaries very quickly,” said Barnett.
“It’s kind of frustrating to have something like that going on in this neighborhood. I’ve lived here since 2003, we’ve never had a problem like this. So, this rash of break-ins and all is appalling, it’s really sad that something like that is going on in this neighborhood,” said Amberwood Resident Eusebio Lopez.
In his 14 years living in the neighborhood, Lopez says it wasn’t until this past month he has heard of any problems with crime. However, if a thief comes knocking, Lopez says he and his neighbors are prepared.
“We have protection, and if we need to use it, we will,” said Lopez.
If you see the vehicle in question police say to stay at a safe distance and if you can, get the license plate number.
“Simply give us a call and and give us the best information you can and we’ll respond,” said Barnett.
If anyone has any information regarding the burglaries, you are asked to contact the Kyle Police Department at 512-268-3232.