A man is accused of breaking into rooms at an Austin hotel to not only use the rooms for himself, but to rent them out to other people, according to an arrest warrant.
On Nov. 11, an Austin police officer arrived at Studio 6 Hotel in North Austin and spoke with an employee of the hotel who stated that a man named “Brian” had been breaking into the hotel rooms for three weeks, according to an affidavit. The employee informed the officer that the suspect -- later identified by police as 59-year-old Brian Geary -- had broken into multiple rooms by prying the lock open, then using paper to ensure the door remained unlocked. The employee suspected that Geary was not only using the rooms for himself, but renting them to other people.
The employee also informed the officer that Geary came into the office attempting to obtain free room keys in exchange for a TV that was stolen from one of the hotel rooms.
According to the manager of the hotel, she stated that she noticed Geary around the premises and around rooms that were entered illegally. Often customers would complain they were given dirty rooms and she would have to assign the customers to another room to clean up the dirty one.
The police were able to obtain multiple surveillance videos that allegedly showed Geary pulling items from his backpack and using them to enter rooms.
On Nov. 18 Geary was arrested for allegedly forcing his way into another room at a hotel a few miles away from the Studio 6 Hotel. On Dec.14, Geary's mugshot was identified by the Studio 6 Hotel manager as the person who had broken into her business' rooms.
Geary has been charged with burglary of a building, a state felony. Geary is not in custody at the Travis County Jail, according to online records.