‘Panty Pirate’ accused of repeated underwear thefts in Huntsville area

ONLY ON 2: Police believe more people may have been impacted and don’t know it

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – A 30-year-old man is behind bars in Walker County after Huntsville police said three women, all in their early 20s, had their undergarments stolen from their unlocked apartment units.

Brandon George is charged with two counts of burglary after police say he broke into three different apartment units at The Republic at Sam Houston Apartments on Lake Road over the last five months and stole the tenant’s underwear, in addition to other small personal belongings.

The crack in the case is being credited to good police work and sharp witnesses.

George had been seen lurking around the apartment buildings, police said.

“He was always just kind of around the area and stuck out to some of those people down there,” Lt. Wade Roberts told KPRC 2. “Once we started asking a few questions and putting the pieces together, it led straight to him.”

Police initially arrested George last week when he was charged with one count of burglary. He posted a $40,000 bond and was released, but that didn’t stop the investigation.

When investigators searched his apartment, they found several more pairs of panties.

“Some belong to our victims that we had already spoken with, and there were others that haven’t been accounted for,” Lt. Roberts said.

George got arrested again on June 1 and charged with a second count of burglary. He’s in the Walker County Jail with a new bond of $75,000.

Police are relieved his behavior didn’t escalate, but are still looking for more potential victims.

“Preying on young women is very violating and concerning,” a resident who asked not to be identified said. “You never know who’s watching.”

Investigators said some of the underwear and other items have helped in identifying some of the victims, however, they believe more people may have been impacted and don’t know it.

“There could very well be more out there that, you know, we haven’t uncovered yet,” Lt. Roberts said.

According to police, George doesn’t have a prior criminal history. Additional charges are possible.

If you believe you may be a victim, contact (936) 291-5417.

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Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.

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