A personal trainer is accused of doing more than help his clients stay in shape; investigations say he was also stealing from them. Detectives with APD spent Thursday putting the squeeze on Thomas Joseph Krausz, a local exercise guru, in a police interrogation room. According to an arrest warrant, filed at the Travis County Criminal Justice Center, police have so far linked the man to three criminal acts, two victims and say there may be more cases.
The arrest warrant narrative, written by investigators, reads like a movie mystery script. Thomas Krausz allegedly called police, October 3rd, and to report a burglary at a South Austin home. He allegedly claimed he was house sitting and that a pistol was among the items taken from the house.
The homeowner - however, told police she believed Krausz's story was a hoax. She explained to the officers that she knew Krausz as local exercise training and gave him a house key to stay after he told her he was going through a divorce and needed a place to stay during the day.
The homeowner told FOX7 Krausz was not supposed to stay overnight and was not supposed to be house sitting. He was only allowed in the house, she said, during the day to watch TV; that's all. She realized something was wrong when she was notified of several suspicious credit card purchases. A few days later her missing gun would be found at a West Lynn apartment.
A resident at the Castle Apartments called police, October 9th, to report someone broke into her second floor apartment. Like the other victim, she had also been out of town. When she returned, it appeared the uninvited guest had made himself at home; even using her shower while he was there. The apartment resident also showed police a handgun she found in a back-pack that had been left in her closet. It turned out it was the gun from the first burglary in south Austin. Along with the gun, investigators say the backpack contained a mask similar to one used in the Scream movies, duct tape and zip ties.
Detectives say they linked Krausz to the two burglaries because he allegedly was trying to sell some of the stolen items on craigslist - and posted his own phone number in the contact section. According to the arrest warrant, the apartment resident had spotted her stolen lap top on the internet site and recognized the contact number as the one for Thomas Krausz. She told detectives she has known Krausz for almost 10 years and that he knew she was out of town at the time. The detective called Krausz, claiming he wanted to buy the laptop, and arraigned a meeting back where Krausz was later taken into custody. Bond has been set at $50,000.