Austin police continue their investigation into a local personal exercise trainer. Friends and clients of Thomas Krausz are coming forward claiming they have fallen prey to his web of lies and deceit.
The Castile apartment complex on West Lynn is where everything started to unravel for Thomas Krausz. Police were called here after a resident, who returned from a trip earlier this month, reported someone broke in and had made himself at home. Krausz, who is an acquaintance of the woman, was arrested. Since then he's been linked to the burglary of a south Austin house, which belongs to one of his exercise clients. According to detectives, accusations against Krausz are also being investigated in Hays and Bell counties.
"We are all going to work together, collaborate and file the appropriate charges on this guy," said Austin Police Department spokesperson Veneza Bremner.
"It's a complete con," said Dan Borth one of Krausz's former exercise clients.
Borth said he started to raise questions after spotting questionable charges on his monthly gym bill.
"He'll gain your confidence and then all of a sudden he'll start taking from you, taking advantage of you," said Borth.
More red flags popped up for Borth when Krausz posted on Facebook he had cancer, first a spine tumor and then colon cancer. The images of Krausz in treatment rooms seemed convincing, according to Borth - but he had doubts.
"When I was training with him, he would tell me he was going through Chemo, was going through the treatment and there he is working out with me with heavy weights and a pretty intense work out ... that doesn't make any sense," said Borth.
Krausz used his cancer story, Borth believes, to not only gain sympathy from his friends, but also to get cash. There was a website sales pitch last year by Krausz who, by then, claimed to be a cancer survivor.
"We currently need $3500 to fund this project," said Krausz in 2012 on his internet fundraising site.
According to the site- Krausz only raised $400 selling his motivational tee- shirts. But once again things have started to unravel for Krausz. The pictures of him supposedly getting cancer treatment may become part of a new investigation.
Officials at Texas Oncology- confirmed that Krausz was at their central Austin clinic. But he allegedly claimed to be a film maker working on a documentary. Sources also say he returned and convinced a nurse to let him to take pictures on the equipment and with IVs. In a statement to FOX 7 spokesperson Ed Bryson clarified;
"Tom Krausz visited one of our facilities earlier this year. He has never been a patient of ours. We received information last week that raised questions about his activities and so we contacted law enforcement authorities. We are reviewing our legal options regarding Mr. Krausz. We also are reviewing our internal procedures to determine whether changes need to be made."
Meanwhile detectives are trying to determine what Krausz was planning to do with several troubling items he allegedly left behind in a backpack at the West Lynn apartment.
"Definitely doesn't look good, again we don't know what he was going to use those things for," Austin Police Department spokesperson Veneza Bremner.
Inside the backpack was a Halloween mask. Police also found a pistol which had been reported stolen from the home of one of his clients. There was also duct tape and zip ties in the bag.
According to court records, before his arrest- Krausz was in contact with the Colombian Consulate- and may have been trying to get a visa to return to his home country. Thomas Krausz is divorced and has a young son. According to his APD Arrest Warrant, he is also a suspect in a Bell County arson case. A fire was set on property that's owned by his former in-laws. The Bell County Fire Marshal says no criminal charges have been filed yet in connection with the fire.
"Everything I'm learning it gets worse and worse, so I think it means he is a very dangerous guy," said Borth.
Investigators agree adding this personal trainer is also an extreme flight risk.