Impeccable timing led to the Kyle Police Department’s arrest of a Wimberley man who is suspected of committing multiple home burglaries in Kyle and Austin.
Kyle Police arrested Taylor Reid Ramirez, 34, of Wimberley, on Feb. 9 for an existing parole violation warrant after they observed him outside of a home in the Amberwood subdivision.
During the course of their investigation, authorities charged Ramirez Friday with four charges of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony. Ramirez also faces a burglary of a residence charge from the Austin Police Department, also a second-degree felony.
Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett said detectives in an unmarked vehicle drove by a home in the Amberwood subdivision Feb. 9 and saw a man, later identified as Ramirez, who fit the description of a suspect who committed daytime burglaries in January.
According to police, the suspect, who walked with a limp, was alleged to have rung doorbells of residences to ensure the homeowners weren’t present. The suspect then kicked in the front or back doors to commit the burglary during the daylight hours.
Barnett said detectives turned around and eventually stopped Ramirez for a traffic stop.
When detectives searched the vehicle, they allegedly found property that police said matched with items that were reported stolen in previous burglaries. Police say they believe Ramirez was in the process of burglarizing the home he was in front of when he was arrested.
Over the course of several days, Barnett said detectives met with nearby agencies, including Buda and Austin Police Departments, to determine if Ramirez had committed other burglaires.
He said detectives are still “in the process” of comparing items recovered from Ramirez’s vehicle to the list of items that were said to be stolen. Barnett said police believe Ramirez was acting alone.
Barnett said Kyle Police detectives put in “a lot of hours” to catch Ramirez, which included staking out area neighborhoods in unmarked vehicles.
Ramirez is being held in the Hays County Jail on $50,000 bond.