Dripping Springs burglar caught on video during string of break-ins

 It's something no homeowner wants to experience -- a break-in.
   
The Hays County Sheriff's Office says they believe the man a homeowner caught on surveillance video tried to burglarize at least 4 homes in the Ledge Stone subdivision just off 290 in Dripping Springs Friday night.

 "It's very unusual for a person to try residential entries at night when residents are typically home.  We believe that this person is potentially very dangerous and we're asking the public's help," said Jeri Skrocki with the Hays County Sheriff's Office.

After getting scared off by a burglar alarm at one house, he made his way to Adam Beckman's house.

Beckman says he came home around 8:30 Friday night and heard some rustling noises.

"I saw a light kind of outside my door.  And then I saw him go into my room and close the door.  Instantly right then I knew I was being robbed," Beckman said.

Beckman says he followed him...that's when the man jumped out of his bedroom window.

"Jumped out the window after him.  It was me and him in the backyard, it was super dark.  He has a flashlight on his phone and he's pointing it at me so I can't see him and I could only see the light.  That's when he was like 'Yo back up, I've got a gun.'  So I wasn't about to test him," he said.

The suspect passed up expensive electronics according to Beckman.

"He took my cousin's gold chain which you know is kind of a family heirloom and very valuable to him," Beckman said.

Beckman's neighbor Erin Rodriguez heard the commotion coming from next door

"Terrifying.  I know it wasn't my house but it was literally right next door and I have a baby and that's just terrifying," she said.

The Hays County Sheriff's Office searched through the night for the suspect but didn't find him.

"Detectives have been everywhere which is very comforting.  They're doing their job.  Last night was insane, they had canine units out, they had helicopters flying around, they had cops standing right over there on the corner with guns out," Rodriguez said.

Saturday afternoon, detectives were still in the area trying to find out everything they can.

"Walking between those houses and those areas to find maybe a path that he might have taken.  He might have been hiding.  So that's what they were doing today was basically trying to go over the subdivision with a fine-toothed comb," Skrocki said.

"Makes you reflect a lot like...you never think it's going to happen to you and you're the house that gets hit," Beckman said.

The Sheriff's Office says the homeowners described the suspect as a black man wearing black clothing.  If you have seen the man in the surveillance video, call Hays County.



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