Police arrest alleged suspect in string of downtown burglaries

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police arrested an alleged suspect connected to a string of downtown burglaries, according to court documents.

A burglary was reported on Nov. 28, 2018 at around 2 p.m. at the Cedar Street Bar located at 208 East 4th St. The person told police that there was surveillance video of someone stealing liquor bottles. 

When police reviewed the video, they saw a man had initally went into the bar around 2:45 a.m. that same day through a pull down door at the upstairs bar. He took at least three bottles of liquor and then left.

The suspect went inside four other times later that same day and took bottles of liquor and was recognized as someone who hung around the area of the bar asking for money. 

Another theft was reported on Nov. 29 around 12:45 a.m. at 401 Congress Ave. and when officers responded, the suspect was identified as Bejamin Todd Bagnall, 29.

When officers reviewed their body camera footage, an officer noticed Bagnall matched the description of a suspect from the previous burglary and he was wearing the same clothes. 

Officers later found out he had been arrested on Dec. 6 for a burglary of a building that happened on Nov. 26, 2018 at 901 Red River St. 

Bagnall is charged with burglary of a building and at last report booked in the Travis County Jail.

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