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NBPD: Burglary Suspect Arrested - Investigation May Link Him to Other Recent Burglaries

(New Braunfels, TX)  --  A burglary suspect was arrested by New Braunfels Police apparently just minutes after he had broken into a local business and was apparently looking for other businesses to do the same. The arrest came just before midnight on Sunday when an officer on patrol in the area of Landa Street and North Walnut spotted an SUV on Walnut driving very slowly. The officer followed the vehicle for a while and watched as the driver continued to slow down as it approached various businesses until the officer pulled the vehicle over in the area of West Mill and Santa Clara Avenue. According to the officer, the driver appeared to be very nervous and there were two laptops covered up by a black sweatshirt in the passenger seat. When asked to get out of the car, the officer also discovered a beanie-style hat, a pair of orange gloves, and found that one of the laptops had a business card taped to it. So police called the number and confirmed that the laptop belonged to a business in the 900 block of Landa Street (which other officers checked on and found that it had been recently broken into). So 35-year old Timothy Wayne Garrett of New Braunfels was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Building and Driving with an Invalid License. He currently remains in custody at the Comal County Jail with bond set at 8-thousand dollars for the burglary charge, and he is being held without bond on a parole violation warrant out of Austin.

Meanwhile, New Braunfels Police officials say they are actually investigating two other recent burglaries that may be connected to Garrett.

The first of those burglaries happened early Sunday morning, around 12:45am, at the Pit Stop location in the 900 block of Walnut Avenue (across from the former Alberston’s store). Officers were dispatched there for a burglary alarm and they found a door pried open and the ATM forced open. The suspect was apparently very efficient, with security camera footage showing that he was in and out of the store in 40 to 45 seconds, and was able to get away with an unknown amount of cash from the ATM. He is described as a possibly Hispanic male, standing about 5-foot 10-inches tall, weighing about 220 pounds, wearing all black, including a hoodie, shorts, shoes, and gloves. The suspect apparently used a large pry bar to first gain access to the building and then to pry open the ATM. He was last seen leaving the scene on foot heading in the direction of Wood and Lockener.

Just over an hour later, another break-in was reported, this time at the Quick Mart location in the 1-thousand block of Hwy 46 South. Officers arrived and found the glass door to the business had been shattered and, once again, the ATM pried open and cash had been taken. And once again, surveillance images lead New Braunfels Police to believe that the same suspect was responsible for both burglaries. And detectives are currently trying to determine if Garrett is the suspect for all 3 recent break-ins, or if there is another suspect out there that has yet to be caught.

If you have any information about those recent burglaries, call New Braunfels Police at 221-4100 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 620-TIPS.

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NBPD: Burglary Suspect Arrested - Investigation May Link Him to Other Recent Burglaries | Radio NB