AUSTIN (KXAN) — Craig Staley, owner of Royal Blue Grocery, said he searched for the man seen in his surveillance footage breaking into his store after he filed a non-emergency police report.
About a year ago, the Austin Police Department asked people to start calling 311 instead of 911 to report crimes that were not in progress.
As Staley looked through surveillance footage, he recognized the man as the same person who was arrested after a burglary at another Royal Blue Grocery location in February.
According to arrest records, he was right. It was the same person: Marion Osborne.
Staley said he wanted to find Osborne because he didn’t want him hitting his business again.
“I thought, ‘OK, we’re going to have to take care of this one on our own,'” he said. “And I almost went home and got ready for the day and I thought ‘no, I’m going to drive around and see if I can’t find this individual.”
He said he found the man on Sixth and Sabine streets and called the police from the safety of his car.
“I was able to call 911 back and say the individual who broke into our store earlier, I have him, can you send police? And I did, and we got him and it didn’t take any time at all,” he said.
APD advises the public to call 911 when witnessing a crime and provide as much detail about the suspect(s) as possible, including vehicle information and direction of travel. The department also urges caution, adding “recording a criminal incident can be dangerous, so always be mindful of your surroundings and do not place yourself in a dangerous position.”
Arrest records show Osborne has been arrested multiple times recently, the latest incident taking place on Oct. 13.
Police said officers were able to recover most of the stolen property when they arrested Osborne.