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Man accused of stealing $28K of goods while touring home for sale

AUSTIN (KXAN) -- A man is accused of stealing $28,100 worth of property while touring a for sale home in Lakeway with his sister.

On Wednesday Darrell Andrew Mann joined his sister to tour the home. After the tour, the owner discovered watches missing from his closet, according to the arrest affidavit.

The pair returned Thursday for a follow up viewing of the home. The victim notified the Lakeway Police Department and asked for them to be "in the area" during the second visit.

As police arrived at the scene they witnessed the siblings standing near their vehicle in the victim's driveway.

The sister told police that she and her brother contacted a realtor to view some houses, as she wanted to purchase one with the assistance of her parents. While she stated she did not steal anything from the home, she was not sure if there were any stolen goods in her car, according to the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, Mann admitted to stealing two watches during his first visit with his sister on Wednesday, and five more watches, nine belts, and a pair of sunglasses during their second visit Thursday.

Mann stated that he tossed a watch and the sunglasses into the bushes, and one watch into the road outside the home. 

A gold watch was found at his sister's residence, and the rest of the stolen items were found in her car.

Mann is charged with theft.


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