Lubbock, TX (KCBD) – Hockley County Sheriff's Office says a man who they say has targeted numerous homes and stolen thousands of dollars worth of property is now in jail.
Sheriff Kevin Davis says 39-year-old Alfredo Garcia was arrested Friday in Lubbock County on unrelated charges. Hockley County has filed two burglary charges against him.
For months, authorities say someone has been targeting homes along the line between Lubbock and Hockley County. Two weeks ago, the Hockley County Sheriff's Office got a break in the case.
"Basically anything that wasn't tied down he was taking," says Sheriff Kevin Davis. He says his investigators got surveillance video from a home that had been burglarized.
"His M.O. or his method of operation were very similar in each case so we suspected they were connected in that way but apart from that we didn't have a whole lot to go on," says Sheriff Davis.
Sheriff Davis says the suspect, 39-year-old Alfredo Garcia would ring the door bell, stake out the property and even ask for directions or work he could do around the house.
"He was mostly hitting sheds. We had several homes out in the county hit especially along the Hockley and Lubbock county line," says Sheriff Davis.
Nearly $6,000 worth of property was taken from Hockley County residents. Sheriff Davis says the suspect would take tools, televisions and even saddles. Garcia was arrested in Lubbock County for violating his parole. Lubbock County Sheriff's deputies made the arrest.
"We are grateful to the Texas Rangers and assistance from sheriff's office in Lubbock County which has just made this a total team work success," says Davis about the teamwork in the arrest of Garcia.
Garcia has been charged with two counts of burglary but Sheriff Davis says investigators across county lines are working unsolved cases to see if he may be responsible for stealing other items.
Lubbock County Sheriff's Office is still investigating Garcia's possible involvement in unsolved burglaries in the county. They say there is a chance he could be linked to over $100,000 worth of stolen property.
NewsChannel 11 will continue to follow this investigation.
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