A Buda teen was arrested three times between July 11 and Aug. 2 after authorities suspect he went on a spree of vehicle burglaries in neighborhoods east of Interstate 35 in the Buda area.
Matthew Xavier Acosta, 17, of Buda, was booked on nine total charges of burglary of a vehicle, all Class-A misdemeanors, along with two charges of theft of a firearm, which are state jail felonies.
According to a Hays County Sheriff’s Office press release, authorities conducted an “exhaustive” investigation into multiple burglaries in the Sunfield and Shadow Creek subdivisions near Buda, as well as the Crosswinds neighborhood in the Kyle area.
In total, nine vehicles were allegedly burglarized by Acosta, who authorities suspect gained access to vehicles by pulling on door handles. According to the release, all burglaries were committed when property owners left valuables, including firearms, in unlocked cars. The burglaries were committed at all times of the day ranging from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Acosta was first arrested July 11 and was booked into the Hays County Jail on five counts of burglary of a vehicle and a charge of theft of a firearm. According to Hays County Jail records, three of those charges stemmed from a July 6 incident.
Twenty days later, on July 31, Acosta was arrested for allegedly burglarizing two vehicles and attempting to evade arrest that evening.
Continued investigation by authorities led them to arrest Acosta for a third time on Aug. 2, stemming from a pair of vehicle burglaries on June 26.
HCSO deputies urge residents to ensure their vehicles are locked at all times and all valuables are removed from sight.
“The Hays County Sheriff’s want to caution the public to realize the importance of remaining vigilant, observant and remove all valuables from their vehicle and lock them at all times,” said a HCSO release.
Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the HCSO at 512-393-7814.