Gilbert Garcia has admitted to breaking into the majority of the water dispense machines that have been broken into since the end of June. He told police he made about $40 to $70 bucks a pop off each station he ripped off.
Police says he is a drug addict that was looking for a quick way to get cash. But based on Thursday’s events, it's not just the cash and coins from water dispense machines that Garcia is after. Another crime is actually what tied Garcia to the rash of water dispense machine break-ins.
At around noon Thursday an AC tech reported to police several tools missing from his work vehicle as he was in and out on a job. Officers quickly began canvassing local pawn shops. They found Garcia in a pawn shop off of International Blvd. trying to hock the tools. A physical confrontation ensued between the officer and Garcia, he was able to flee, but was apprehended a short time later at the 1800 block of East Jackson.
After Garcia was taken into custody, a van he was travelling in was searched. Coincidentally, the van was reported stolen just weeks before from a business off of TX100. The same white van was spotted leaving the location of several of the water machine break-ins.
Inside the van, Sgt. Manrrique with the Brownsville Police Department, said officers found all of the AC tech’s missing tool and items from other burglaries as well.
Gilbert Garcia will be formally charged with the slew of crimes he's accused of Saturday morning.