Break-in at Houston City Library leads to James Wilson being suspected of burglary, EPA says

Houston, Texas (KTRK) – A suspect has been arrested in a series of burglaries at Houston area libraries committed over a period of about four months.

Houston police officials announced Monday that 51-year-old James Wilson has been charged with burglary.

Police said that at least 10 public libraries in Houston were burgled between October 17, 2022, and February 1, 2023, during off hours.

In all cases, Wilson is accused of using a sledgehammer to get into bookstores to steal money from photocopiers and cash machines, which tend to get between $30 and $100.

HPD said that based on the surveillance video, police were able to identify Wilson and link all of the cases to him.

Sgt. Marvin Collins of the Hedwig Village Police Department said during an afternoon press conference.

“They expect less of an alarm system than a larger building,” Collins said. “Maybe that’s why they target libraries.”

Last week, on Monday, February 6th, Hedwig Village Police officers responded to a report of a robbery on Corbindale Road.

When the officers arrived, they found a shattered glass door and Wilson inside where a copy machine cash box had been burglarized. He was then arrested and charged.

The Department of Homeland Security said Hedwig Village Police alerted them and spoke with Wilson, linking him to another robbery on January 5, 2023, at the Pleasantville Neighborhood Library on Gellhorn Street.

Wilson was later charged.

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