AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin man was sentenced to 60-years in prison after pleading guilty to six burglary charges, according to the Travis County District Attorney’s office.
Frank Flores pleaded guilty to six counts of burglary and was sentenced to 10-years in prison on each case. Flores had 17 burglary cases against him, and during the jury selection process on one of them when he decided to plead guilty.
The instances of burglary Flores was charged with occurred during August and September of 2018. He was charged with burglarizing multiple different businesses around the Austin and Travis County area. At least four of the businesses were hit more than once.
According to the DA, during the investigation of these crimes, the suspect would strike in the early morning hours and was always driving a blue GMC Terrain. The suspect was always described as wearing a black hoodie, black pants, white shoes and black/gray gloves. The suspect was also seen on surveillance videos smashing glass doors with a hammer to make his way into businesses.
In October of 2018, police report that officers patrolling in south Austin witnessed a car matching the description of the vehicle seen at the burglaries. After running the plates they were able to identify Flores and discovered he had a previous warrant out for his arrest.
Once Flores was in custody, the officers report that he was wearing identical black pants and white shoes to the suspect in the surveillance videos. They also found a black hoodie, hammers and pry bars and multiple license plates equipped with velcro.
Flores pleaded guilty to burglarizing Woody’s Country Market, The Bread Basked, Petro Mart, Thai Cuisine, Cafe Java and Steiner Cleaners.