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Lake Brownwood Patrol uses social media to nab burglary suspect

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LAKE BROWNWOOD, Texas - Brownwood Lake Patrol identified a suspect connected to a string of burglaries that happened last week.

They located a 19-year-old male living in Brownwood on Thursday. He confessed to the thefts and returned the items to authorities, according to Lake Patrol Chief Troy Henderson. His identity hasn't been released as he hasn't been arrested at this time.

Henderson said they captured the man on surveillance video and then posted a photo of him and his car on their Facebook page.

"Within 30 minutes I had approximately four calls telling me who this person was," Henderson said.

Brownwood Lake Patrol installed nine cameras around Lake Brownwood eight months ago to serve as a deterrent to burglars.

"They've already proven themselves twice," Henderson said. "We've been able to catch two thefts."

The suspect stole nearly $1,000 worth of items from vehicles, boat docks, and barges.

Darryl Adamson is from Brownwood and owns a home on the lake.

"I haven't had any problems in the last eight, nine months, maybe a year," Adamson said.

Adamson said the security cameras and the signs posted around the lake notifying the public of their presence have made a difference.

Before they were installed, his friends would report tools and fishing gear missing after returning from the lake.

"We all started locking everything up and putting it inside our cars," Adamson said.

Henderson wants everyone to lock their cars as an extra deterrent.

"We ask that if you see anyone walking around vehicles that looks suspicious to call us and let us know," he said.

He also warns people to not confront a burglary suspect, it's best to call lake patrol.

The agency will present its burglary case to District Attorney Micheal Murray's office for prosecution.

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