Man Believed to Have Burglarized 20 Businesses

Wylie man arrested in break-in at Plano nail salon

By Kevin Cokely
|  Friday, Feb 17, 2012  |  Updated 11:34 PM CDT
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Police say they believe a Wylie man arrested on suspicion of breaking into a Plano nail salon may be connected to at least 20 similar burglaries in several North Texas cities.

Kevin Cokely, NBC 5 News

Police say they believe a Wylie man arrested on suspicion of breaking into a Plano nail salon may be connected to at least 20 similar burglaries in several North Texas cities.

Police say a one-man crime spree may have ended this week with the arrest of a 42-year-old Wylie man.

Plano police said they caught William Earl Stevens breaking into Polo Nails & Spa at 8400 Preston Road early Wednesday morning.

Investigators said they believe he's responsible for at least 20 similar burglaries in Dallas, Plano, Garland, Richardson and Carrollton.

Surveillance cameras that had just been repaired caught video of a man breaking into the Nickelrama Arcade in the 1200 block of Belt Line Road in Garland early Monday morning.

William Earl Stevens"He breaks the front window, gets inside and then he just steals whatever he can find of value," Garland police Capt. Jeff Bryan said.

Owner Ray Fraser said he went to bed thinking everything was fine only to later discover "the windows shattered [and] the place is half destroyed."

Fraser shared the video with police and posted pictures online.

Garland police said Stevens has admitted breaking into eight small businesses there.

"[The arrest] lets you sleep at night," Fraser said. "At least tonight, I know this guy is off the streets."

Stevens is being held on a $5,000 bond in the Collin County Detention Center.

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