Man accused in unusual burglaries goes before judge

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

January 20, 2012 8:11:14 AM PST
A man investigators are calling a serial burglar will face a judge today.

Abel Martinez, 32, who was arrested by police earlier this week, but what's really interesting about this case is what he stole.

Harris County sheriff's deputies say he is behind about a half dozen home burglaries where he stole everything from dogs to underwear.

Martinez was arrested a few days ago and charged in three of those burglaries. Sheriff's investigators say from April to November, Martinez broke into apartments and even a home two blocks from the house where he was living.

Authorities say he stole a list of items, including underwear. Deputies say the parolee even made off with a little Maltese and a second dog, but he didn't stop there.

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

Both dogs were returned to their owners. A lot of the other stolen items are still missing. Martinez is expected in court this morning to answer to three burglary charges.