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Suspect accused of breaking into businesses via roofs arrested

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Cockrell Hill Police say a rash of business burglaries have come to an end with the arrest of a man whom they say was caught in the act.

Police say the man, known as the so-called Cockrell Hill cat burglar, burglarized at least four businesses, getting in by going through the roof.

The suspect, whose name is Matthew Martinez, was nabbed inside a Texaco.

"However he could get in, through the roof, whether it was an access panel, air conditioning vents, he was finding a way to shimmy his way down into these buildings," said Captain Stephen Barlag with the Cockrell Hill Police.

Store surveillance video shows a ceiling tile falling, and then, the suspect is in, crouching catlike.         

"He got in, and this is what's crazy about it: it's a little vent, 14 inches in diameter, basically a fan," said Jacob Fisher of Regents Pawnshop.

In the pawnshop, several employees had guns behind the counter taken.

"And unfortunately, he also took a gun that we had out for sale that we did not put up in the vault that night," said Fisher.

While the suspect wore a mask, a hoodie and gloves, police were looking for the tennis shoes and the Texas A&M jacket the burglar wore.

"He's admitted to our detectives obviously last night's and then the three others," said Barlag.

One burglary he also reportedly confessed to includes the Cockrell Hill Metro PCS store, where he was also caught in tape in the same A&M jacket and unique tennis shoes he was wearing while arrested inside the Texaco.

"I was very happy that he was caught," said Fisher. "I was grateful to the police. They did a good job catching him, and he wasn't able to get anybody else."

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