Homeowner Believes Convicted Thief Attended Open House

Woman says she recognized man from TV report, called police

By Ray Villeda
|  Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012  |  Updated 6:50 PM CDT
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Kimberlee Connell says she came face-to-face with Steven Breed, a convicted felon who in the past has used open houses to steal jewelry.

Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News

Kimberlee Connell says she came face-to-face with Steven Breed, a convicted felon who in the past has used open houses to steal jewelry.

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A Colleyville homeowner selling her house said she saw a man accused of stealing at open houses going through her jewelry.

Several North Texas police departments say Steven Breed, 55, has stolen jewelry during open houses. He has been arrested multiple times in Frisco, McKinney and Dallas on jewelry theft charges.

Breed's lawyer said his client posted bond last month for a Feb. 6 arrest.

Weeks later, real estate agents said they spotted him at open houses.

Kimberlee Connell said she set up a time to show a man her house on March 8, after emailing back and forth. She said the man walked through the house and said he was interested.

At the end, he went back to her master suite, she said.

"I heard this rumbling and jingling in the drawer, and then he slammed the top of the jewelry armoire down," she said. "That's when I knew he was going through my things. I said, 'Excuse me.' He said, 'Just send me a flier of the home,' and didn't make eye contact, and he left."

Connell said nothing was stolen.

She called Colleyville police and filed a report after seeing a story about Breed on NBC 5 on March 14.

Breed's attorney did not return NBC 5's calls. In the March 14 story, he said he believed that a report of Breed at an open house in Dallas earlier this month was a case of mistaken identity.

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