San Marcos police arrested an 18-year old man and detained a juvenile Thursday suspected of being involved in multiple vehicle burglaries and at least one vehicle theft.
Ryan Charles Braud-Hartnett, 18, was charged with tampering with evidence and theft under $20,000. He is jailed at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center under $3,500 bond.
Police investigators identified the suspects from a surveillance video captured near one of the residences where the vehicle theft occurred, according to Assistant Chief of Police Chase Stapp. With the assistance of the Hays County Juvenile Probation department, the suspects were positively identified and arrests made.
Police made two other unrelated arrests earlier this week related to property crimes committed in San Marcos. Police have seen an increase in vehicle burglaries, especially near and around residential areas and areas where visitors to the river usually park, during the past few weeks.
“Citizens are asked to please leave valuables at home or remove any valuables from their vehicles before leaving them unattended,” Stapp said. “If you must leave items in your vehicle then lock items in the trunk and/or out of sight. We also ask for citizens to call 911 should they see any suspicious behavior; such as a person looking into vehicles.”
The juvenile suspect turned over numerous items of stolen property. A search warrant was executed at the residence of Braud-Harnett on Hunter Road and police recovered additional property believed to be stolen from vehicles in and around San Marcos.
Detectives from the San Marcos Police Department and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office are reviewing multiple reports with both agencies in an attempt to match up the property recovered from the two suspects with police reports from the burglaries. The vehicle that was taken on June 26 was recovered.
The juvenile is being held at the Hays County Juvenile Detention Center. He has been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony, and burglary of a vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor.
Additional charges against Braud-Harnett are pending as the investigation continues.
— FROM THE CITY OF SAN MARCOS