Keller police arrest suspect in string of Memorial Villages burglaries

Keller police arrest suspect in string of Memorial Villages burglaries

Justin Andrews

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on March 15, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 15 at 2:44 PM

HOUSTON— Keller police arrested a 34-year-old man suspected in a string of burglaries in Piney Point and Hunters Creek, the Memorial Villages Police Department said Thursday.  

The Memorial Villages area is known for really high incomes, a really strong police presence and an extremely low crime rate. However, a “Rambo” dressed burglar captured on surveillance video in Piney Point had police and residents on high alert.

The burglary happened Valentine’s Day at the home of Taste of Texas restaurant owner Edd Hendee while he was flying to Alabama to pick up a friend’s wife who had been stranded on the crippled Carnival cruise ship.

The suspect, Justin Andrews,  was taken into custody at his home in Waller County. Investigators said a search of  Andrews’  home produced items that were stolen in recent burglaries in Memorial Villages, as well as the suspect’s clothing seen in surveillance video.

Police believe Andrews also hit two more homes in the Memorial area.

Memorial Villages police said they coordinated their investigation with the Keller Police Department, The Town of Westlake and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The agencies were working to obtain search warrants Friday at other locations where the suspect may have stashed property, Memorial Villages police said.

Burglary of a habitation charges against Andrews were pending with the Harris County Special Crimes Division, police said.  Andrews was being held in lieu of a $3.6 million bond and additional charges were expected.

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