They are not saying they have solved a rash of 50 or so burglaries in a southside neighborhood, but police do believe they have a suspect that fits the description for the crimes.
"Basically, we have a burglary that was taking place when a homeowner came in and found the suspect breaking into his home," said Lt. James Lerma of the Corpus Christi Police Department.
It was just before noon Tuesday when a resident on Antigua came face-to-face with a burglar. The suspect took off on foot, running through backyards and jumping fences to elude police, who just happened to be nearby.
The suspect was wearing a yellow raincoat, but ditched it along the way. Within minutes, 27-year old Hugo Gomez was arrested by police.
Officers went door-to-door checking to see if they had been victims of a burglary. At one home officers, found a gate and a door unlocked and the homeowner gone.
"That may have been a mistake, or it could have been maybe our suspect tried to find a hiding spot and maybe opened it up and had a change of heart, not knowing if anybody is home," CCPD Sgt. Mike Frakes said. "We just don't know right now. Right now, the recovered items are being secured at our main station, and possibly later on today, if someone comes home from work and they find out that they've been burglarized, they can give us a call, and they can link the items back to them."
While police say they aren't certain if Gomez is the man responsible for the string of break-ins, they say they will continue their investigation.
Gomez is facing one count of burglary of a habitation, and he also has an outstanding warrant on a parole violation.
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