In just five days in late January and early February, 11 residents in the Northampton neighborhood of north Harris County reported their homes had been burglarized.
Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office deputies said Preston Cody Talbot broke into locked or unlocked garages and stole power tools and electronics that added up to thousands of dollars.
Investigators said home surveillance video and video from pawn shops helped them identify Talbot, who lived in the neighborhood.
"We haven't had 11 burglaries like that in Northampton that I can remember. So it was very important that we get on this and apprehend this guy," said Precinct 4 Assistant Chief Deputy Mark Herman. "Lo and behold, he was in video at the pawn shop. And we kinda' put the two and two together. Initially we didn't know who the guy was until other deputies started looking at the video and they identified him as someone they have dealt with in the past."
Assistant Chief Herman said once they identified Talbot, finding him was not easy. Investigators said he is in drug rehab in south Texas.
Talbot is charged with felony burglary of a building and burglary of a habitation. Bond in the case is set at $12,000.
Herman said once Talbot is released from rehab, he will be arrested and brought back to Harris County.