STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY
KINGSLAND — Llano County Sheriff’s Office investigators charged a man accused in connection with a River Oaks Drive residential burglary who they say was caught on a surveillance tape while inside the home.
As of Jan. 8, Christopher James Ross, 33, a Burnet County resident, remained in the Llano County Jail on a charge of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony.
According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect was initially charged on two previous failure to appear in court warrants; burglary of a building, and possession of a controlled substance.
The burglary happened at about 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3. in the 4600 block of River Oaks Drive.
On Jan. 8, deputies conducted a search of the suspect’s home, where “evidence was collected that connected him to the crime,” a sheriff’s official confirmed.
Authorities said they tracked the suspect using the partial license plate number of a Chevrolet Tahoe.
Investigators confirmed the suspect’s identity using recorded surveillance video from the homeowner, who shared the image on social media.
“We actually located him on the description of the vehicle and partial (license plate),” Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn said. “We caught him. The photograph helped confirm him.”
Blackburn said one of the best crime-fighting tools in such cases involves “neighbors looking out for each other.”
“It’s good to get to know your neighbors and let them know if you’re going to have workmen coming to your house or you’re going to be gone,” Blackburn said. “It’s a matter of being neighborly.”
Investigators also recovered some of the items reported stolen, he said.
Swift action by investigators and the cooperation of potential witnesses typically result in the successful closing of a case.
“Anytime you observe someone who piques your curiosity — you notice (the intruder is) obviously not working, and you know (your neighbors) aren’t usually there during that time of day, you’re welcome to call us,” the sheriff added.
To report suspicious activity to LCSO, call (325) 247-5767.