SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police arrested a man who they said burglarized dozens of vehicles and is responsible for more than $8,000 worth of stolen property.
Richard Arispe, 29, was arrested on Monday and charged with burglary of a motor vehicle.
Police investigators made a break in the case after running surveillance of several locations.
"They observed that male going up to vehicles and (exhibiting) suspicious behavior on his part, going from business to business," said San Antonio police Sgt. Javier Salazar. "So these officers began following him, unknown to the suspect, of course. They were all in unmarked vehicles and plain clothes."
Salazar said officers caught Arispe in the act of burglarizing a vehicle and arrested him on Monday.
After following up on leads, they discovered that the burglary was not an isolated incident and that Arispe had actually stolen about $8,000-$10,000 worth of property, including laptops, musical instruments, prescription medications and even Bibles.
"He was basically going parking lot to parking lot, basically window-shopping, looking into windows and if there was an easy target, he would get into the car and take what was in there," Salazar said.
Arispe was caught in the parking lot of a Furr's restaurant off Highway 151 and Loop 410, but he's also hit other areas in the city, like Balcones Heights, Salazar said.
Salazar said Arispe has also taken property from cities as far as way as Austin and Round Rock.
"Some of this property that you see was actually linked to other cities," said Salazar. "Some as far as 50 to 60 miles away. So it was very good work on the part of these police officers. They did a very good job in linking it to other cases, but we still need the public's assistance in reuniting other owners with their property."
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