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APD: Serial Burglar Admits To 71 Home Burglaries

Updated: Wednesday, August 6 2014, 09:37 PM CDT

Luis Galindo remembers the day a burglar hit his house.

"I got scared going inside. I walk around the house and see the fuse was open and they pull the power out," recalled Galindo.

The crooks disabled the alarm system and stole his pricey electronics. Galindo isn't the only victim on Dearbonne Drive. Two of his neighbors were also burglarized. But cops say they know who did it.

"We got a DNA hit and that DNA hit came back to Rangel," said Austin Police Detective Axel Goldman.

Goldman is referring to Adrian Rangel (pictured). According to an arrest affidavit a forensic expert lifted latent finger prints and a DNA sample from an open empty soda can.

In every case cops said Rangel and his crew would kick in the front door and go straight for jewelry and electronics.

"Everyone has got their assignments. They'll get in and out in a matter of minutes," added Goldman.

And pawn them for cash. Goldman said Rangel is part of a crime ring responsible for countless residential burglaries.

"He (Rangel) pointed us out to 71 locations that he and his crew had hit," said Goldman.

It may have taken a while but Galindo is glad they're off the streets.

"We at least know they don't give up. They keep looking and looking and finally they find out," added Galindo.

Rangel is charged with two counts of felony burglary of a habitation.

(Photo from the Austin Police Department.)

By Alex Boyer

APD: Serial Burglar Admits To 71 Home Burglaries

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