Houston man being held in connection with Westlake burglaries

Posted Thursday, Mar. 14, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Keller police on Tuesday arrested a 34-year-old man they believe responsible for a string of Westlake burglaries.

Justin Andrews, a resident of Waller County in the Houston area, is in the Keller Regional Detention Facility, being held on a $3.6 million bond.

Andrews is jailed on suspicion of six Westlake burglaries that occurred in July and November, a Flower Mound burglary and tampering/fabricating evidence.

Additional charges are expected to be added, police said.

March 7, Keller police linked Andrews to a cache of stolen property uncovered during the search of a Houston home.

During the search they found jewelry and other items taken from homes in Westlake’s gated communities of Vaquero and Glenwyck Farms and pieces connected to burglary cases in Flower Mound, Memorial City, Harris County and Las Vegas, Nev.

“I am very pleased that we were able to solve these burglaries and put closure on these cases,” Mark Hafner, chief of police for Westlake and Keller, said in a statement. “I’d like to thank the citizens of Westlake for their patience during this investigation and for their proactive response to last year’s incidents; because of our work together to improve crime prevention strategies in Westlake since the burglaries, I feel confident it is now a much safer and engaged community.”

Westlake Mayor Laura Wheat said she is extremely gratified at the progress the Keller Police Department made in identifying a key suspect in connection with the crimes.

“The loss that our residents experienced is tragic in terms of the many personal and valuable items stolen in these burglaries that can never be replaced,” Wheat said. “I commend Lt. Brenda Slovak and her detective division for their hard work and persistence in their pursuit of justice for anyone involved in committing these crimes.”

Susan McFarland, 817-390-7547 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1

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