Justin Holguin, 31, is accused of using his next door neighbor’s stolen debit card after someone may have used a doggie door to break into her Northeast side home, San Antonio police said.
Holguin was arrested Monday on a charge of forgery involving the elderly.
His next door neighbor, Ruth Troxler, said she reported the crime earlier this month after realizing that her debit card was missing.
“Then I called the bank and I said, 'How much money is in my account?' And they said, ‘Just $10," Troxler explained. “And then I’m missing a lot of jewelry.”
The arrest affidavit stated that Troxler told investigators she suspects that whoever stole her possessions may have entered her home through a doggie door that was in place. Troxler has since removed that portable pet entryway and keeps the door locked.
She said she thought the doggie door was a good way for her pets to get in and out, but now she understands how a person could also make use of it.
“You know you sort of do, like, a snake, one shoulder and then the other,” Troxler said.
The affidavit stated that police found surveillance pictures at a nearby convenience store, showing Holguin using the stolen card. They said he spent more than $62 on items at the store.
When they showed the photos to Troxler, police said she quickly identified Holguin as her neighbor.
While cases involving burglars using doggie doors are not an everyday occurrence, police have seen some creative criminals.
In June, police arrested Enrique Morua, 22, who they said gained entry to a Southwest side home by pushing in the window air conditioning unit and climbing through the open space.