Police charge suspect in August burglary

AUSTIN - Police have filed a felony charge against a 52-year-old man in connection to the August burglary of a liquor store near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

According to an arrest affidavit, officers were called to the Hill Liquor Store along Texas 71 for a reported burglary on Aug. 8. The owner told police the store was robbed between 9 p.m. Aug. 7 and 10 a.m. that day, and that cash, cigarettes and liquor were stolen. A neighboring business had surveillance images of the suspect, and the liquor store’s owner had shown screenshots to the owners of the Highway 71 Food and Fuel. The affidavit added someone who knew the suspect arrived at the convenience store while police were speaking with the store’s owner.

Police spoke with that person, who said they knew the suspect as “Antonio.” Officers found a police report that linked the person to the suspect, identified as Tony Verge.

The affidavit stated officers obtained surveillance video from the neighboring business, and images taken from surveillance match images of Verge on file with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. Police also received a tip from someone wishing to remain anonymous that they “heard through the grapevine” that Verge was responsible for the burglary.

APD stated in their affidavit that Verge has five prior convictions for burglaries, three prior convictions for larceny and theft, and six prior criminal trespass convictions.

Verge has been charged with felony burglary of a building. As of Wednesday afternoon, online records of the Travis County Jail do not list him as an inmate.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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