POSTED: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 3:14pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 8:09am
Police say it's a perfect location for a criminal to target.
"They know at like theaters and at restaurants people are going to be away from their vehicles for some time,“ said Eddie Garcia, a spokesman for the Brownsville Police Department.
Two men, according to police, took advantage of that. Twenty-three year old Edgar Amaro and 31 year old Alberto Alvarado were caught breaking into several cars at an area movie theater.
"Once they see something they like, they take it," said Garcia.
And taking it, only takes a matter of seconds.
A patron at Cinema 10 off of Old Highway 77 caught more than just a movie Sunday evening, but also caught a glimpse of what appeared to be a crime in progress.
The vehicle burglaries happened in broad day light, at about 5:30 in the evening, making it easier for the witness to give police a good description of the offenders leaving the theater parking lot in a red SUV.
Officers caught up to the vehicle a short time later after a pursuit. The fleeing men first headed down Expressway 83 south and exited International blvd., but not long after that, the driver, Amaro, hit a curb and the vehicle came to a stop. After a brief struggle, the two suspects were handcuffed.
The items recovered from the SUV included clothing, shoes and a laptop computer among other things.
"It's extremely important that people put valuables away from sight, being that what these individuals are looking for," said Garcia.
The theater parking lot where some of these items were taken from has a reminder for drivers. A sign reminding drivers to take their keys, lock their doors and hide their belongings is placed in the theater’s parking lot, as well as all over town in high traffic parking lots. Police hope people will start following this advice to avoid becoming a victim.
Amaro's bond was set at $10,500. Alvarado's bond was set at $5,000. Both men were charged with four counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, Amaro was also charged with evading arrest since he was the one behind the wheel.