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Hays County and Austin SWAT and even a Texas DPS helicopter were called out Sunday evening when a Dripping Spring area man suspected a burglar was hiding in his home.

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The man told authorities he returned to his house in the 1000 block of Roy’s Creek Trail and noticed items missing and that “someone had barricaded several doors of the residence,” Hays County Sheriff’s Sgt. Phillip Taylor said in a statement issued this afternoon. As he left to call 911, the homeowner saw a man standing in an upstairs window, Taylor said.

Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the house tried to “make contact” with the man they believed to be hiding inside. When no one responded, Hays County SWAT and the county’s Crisis Negotiations Team were called in. The county also borrowed a tactical vehicle from the Austin Police Department and a helicopter from the Texas Department of Public Safety Air Unit, Taylor said.

When SWAT entered the residence, no one was inside. ”It is believed that the actor in this case fled the residence before deputies arrived on scene,” Taylor said.

Residents who live in the area of the home, located in the affluent Hurlbut Ranch subdivision near the Pedernales River in the county’s northern tip, were advised to stay in their homes as a precaution, Taylor said, but were not in danger.

Media outlets were notified of the ongoing operation shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday and told the scene had been cleared at about 10 p.m. Sunday.

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2 thoughts on “SWAT called in for suspected Dripping Springs burglary

  1. Yep Zach. I’m sure there’s a check list with square footage of a house, approx. income of the family, race, and neighborhood that the cops check off before calling out a helicopter. It has nothing at all to do with the geography or type of call. You’re a genius!

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