A man who burglarized at least nine area businesses since New year's Day is in custody after being caught following his latest theft.
Troy Williams, 24, of Houston was apprehended in the early morning hours Feb. 12, right after he broke into Celaya Meat Market. Police said an officer patrolling the immediate area spotted a car that was captured on surveillance video during one of the other burglaries.
"Officer Johnny Sampson spotted a vehicle that we believed was associated with the suspect we were looking for," said Capt. Rick Grassi of the Tomball Police Department (TPD). "It clicked that this was the vehicle spotted on surveillance from the Locatelli's burglary."
Sampson approached Williams as he got into the gold Chevy Impala and took him into custody.
Grassi said that Williams admitted to officers that he was the culprit.
“He even gave consent to search his apartment where a lot of the property stolen from the past burglaries was found," Grassi said. Williams did not admit to one of the heists, where a gun was stolen from a local business.
Grassi said Williams would target businesses that had valuables and cash registers near the store's entrance. He would then allegedly smash his way into the business with a rock, taking cash and other small items. The damage caused by the break-in was usually more significant than the value of the stolen property.
Grassi also mentioned that as the number of burglaries grew, police started noticing a pattern.
"We were looking at the analytics from the crimes and for some reason it was as if he always hit on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning," Grassi said. "We began to maximize our resources based on that. Investigators began helping with patrol and it was just good police work by Officer Sampson and the entire department."
Williams is currently being held in the Harris County Jail on several counts of burglary. His next court appearance is set for June 24.