Man accused of stealing underwear, dogs during multiple home burglaries

Abel Martinez, 32, has been charged with three counts of residential burglary and is currently in custody at the Harris County Jail.

January 19, 2012 4:16:24 PM PST
A man investigators are calling a serial burglar has been arrested and we're learning more about the strange items he stole.

According to the sheriff's office, nothing was off limits. The accused serial burglary suspect is said to have left the property owners with only the clothes on their backs and little else.

He was finally arrested this week on a parole violation.

This apartment complex in northwest Harris County is home to a lot of people, but to a man, whose home for now is the county jail, he's accused of using some apartments like a department store.

"He took bedding in some cases, he took towels, he took kitchen knives, he took kitchen blocks. He took clothing, jackets, pants, shoes," Harris County Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Christina Garza said.

Even investigators say he took even underwear. His name is Abel Martinez and the 32-year-old was paroled from prison. The sheriff's office says he hit three apartments from April through November, even a home two blocks from the house where he was living.

"It was like a free for all for this individual who took kitchen items, bathroom items, clothing, electronics, computers, jewelry, money, and in two cases, dogs," Garza said.

The sheriff's office says Martinez took two dogs, and even gave one of them away as a gift. The dog, though, was retrieved last month and reunited with a grateful owner.

Martinez was arrested this week, charged with three counts of burglary. Some items, such as the pets, were recovered, but a lot more are still missing. The only thing he didn't take, the sheriff's office says, was furniture.

"And probably just because he couldn't haul that out by himself," Garza said.

The sheriff's office says more charges could be filed against Martinez because he is a suspect in as many as six burglaries. One of his alleged burglary victims says even a bag of dirty clothes was taken from the laundry.