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January 30th, 2009
Police say two burglary suspects targeted drunk university students

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San Marcos police have arrested two Austin men who they believe are responsible for over a dozen nighttime residential burglaries since December.

Timothy Bronaugh, 24, and Adrian Moseley, 25, are charged by San Marcos police with two burglary of a habitation counts. Texas State University police have also charged the pair with Criminal Attempt Burglary of a Habitation.

Police say the suspects are responsible for a rash of apartment complex burglaries along Interstate 35. The suspects would enter unlocked doors while residents were sleeping and steal electronics including televisions, gaming systems, computers and cellular phones. The suspects targeted students who they believed had been out late and were possibly intoxicated, leading them to believe the victims would not be awake as they stole items from the residence.

Early Friday morning, San Marcos Police detectives conducting surveillance observed the pair enter the Heights II apartment complex on East River Ridge Parkway. While the suspects were at the apartment complex under surveillance, another resident from an apartment complex on Aquarena Springs Drive called 911 to report their apartment had been burglarized minutes earlier. The suspect description matched the suspects who were being watched by detectives.

The suspects were stopped by police as they attempted to leave the Heights II apartment complex. Police found numerous electronic items in the vehicle, including the property stolen from burglary on Aquarena Springs Drive and from the Heights II. Police also discovered that the same two suspects had entered an apartment on the Texas State University campus, however no property was stolen.

“We are very relieved to have these suspects in custody” said Cmdr. Terry Nichols. “Any suspect who enters a home during the nighttime knows there is a much greater chance of a confrontation with a homeowner” said Nichols. “These suspects were obviously not afraid of a confrontation which is very concerning.”

Nichols said he believes the suspects are responsible for at least thirteen apartment burglaries, most of which have occurred in January 2009. More charges are expected to be filed on the two suspects and more arrests are anticipated.

— FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS/MELISSA MILLECAM

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