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Man used attic to burglarize neighbors, police say

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Austin Police have charged a man after they say he used the attic in an apartment building to gain entry to several units in the 8200 block of Research Blvd and stole various items.

Trouble began for 20-year-old Richard Dalton Austin on March 12, when he was spotted in a woman's closet. Her neighbor called police. Before police could arrive the caller reported that her roof was collapsing and that the suspect was in the ceiling of the complex.

Police believe Austin may have fallen through the ceiling at one point as he was making his way through the attic. They observed two large holes in the victim's ceiling.

Police searched the attic and learned Austin had been using the it to get around the top sides of the apartments, even breaking out walls that divided the units.

Police found Austin hiding in one of the units. Police also located pawn receipts for items, which were reported missing by a tenant. Police say the receipts all had Austin's name on them.

Austin has been charged with burglary of habitation, a second degree felony.

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