Kyle Police are still trying to sort out items recovered after the arrest of an Austin man they say was burglarizing rental storage units.
Michael Edward Aguirre, 29, was charged with burglary of a building, unlawful use of a criminal instrument and possession of a controlled substance. He is also being held for the Austin Police Department on a charge of burglary of a non residence.
According to Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett, an employee at Anytime Storage, 880 Bebee Road, called police shortly before 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day after seeing a man “possibly burglarizing some of their units.”
Barnett said Aguirre had bolt cutters with him when officers located him inside one of the storage units, “tampering with a lock.”
He was placed under arrest while officers checked other parts of the facility to see if anyone else was involved. They didn’t find a second suspect, but did locate a vehicle with items on the ground around it. “It looked like somebody was in the process of loading stuff into it,” Barnett said.
Property that was subsequently recovered included hand and power tools, cut locks, new locks, jewelry, sealed bags of clothing and shoes. Barnett said it’s believed Aguirre was replacing the locks he cut open with new ones, which would give the impression all was well.
Barnett said the facility had been the scene of other burglaries within the past weeks, and at least one item in Aguirre’s possession had been stolen in one of those incidents.
“They found a package with a name. They contacted the person who said it had been stolen at the same facility weeks earlier.”
Owners will be notified as officers are able to locate them, he said, adding praise for the “alertness of the employee” and the “swift action of the officers.”