MAN ADMITS TO 100 BERKELEY BREAK-INS, POLICE SAY
January 27, 2006, 2:42 a.m.
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News
BERKELEY (BCN) - A prolific Berkeley burglar has come
clean about his crime spree, according to the Berkeley Police
Andrew Larry Austin reportedly admitted to as many as 100 business
break-ins in Berkeley over the past eight months, many in the
Police said that after interviewing Austin they were able to
tie him to approximately 50 commercial burglaries.
Austin was arrested Jan. 11 after Berkeley police responded to
an alarm at the Model Shoe Renew on Shattuck Avenue at 3:30 a.m.
Officers arrived to find a shattered glass door, but no suspect.
Two blocks away, police officers spotted Austin looking into
a garbage can and questioned him as a potential witness. While
talking with him, officers noticed slivers of glass on Austin's
hat, jacket and gloves.
Austin was carrying allegedly stolen property from Model Shoe
Renew and numerous burglary tools when police arrested him.
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