A man believed to be responsible for more than 15 burglaries in Erath and Comanche counties has been taken into custody.
Jason Stephens, 43, was arrested at his residence in the 2000 block of E. Washington Street on Monday.
“We went to his residence in an effort to get him to come in and talk to us,” said Lt. Ben Moore. “While we were there he happened to walk out of one of the outbuildings on the property and was taken into custody.”
Last week, investigators with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office, Comanche County Sheriff’s Office and Stephenville police executed a search warrant at Stephens’ residence and recovered $7,000-$10,000 in stolen property, including four guns, hunting equipment and a $3,600 Louis Vuitton purse.
“We believe those items were taken in more then 15 burglaries throughout Erath and Comanche counties,” Moore told the E-T last week.
Stephens was not present when the search warrant was executed last week, but two others inside the residence were taken into custody after methamphetamine was discovered.
James Brown, 42, and Janelle Stephens, 41, were charged with possession of a controlled substance and were released from the Erath County Jail after posting a $10,000 bond.
Moore said investigators believe Jason Stephens acted alone in the rash of burglaries.
“We don’t have any evidence that other people were involved,” Moore said.
Stephens has a long criminal history dating back to 2002 that includes arrests for possession of a controlled substance, burglary of a vehicle, conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance, possession of a dangerous drug and credit or debit card abuse.
Stephens will likely face additional charges of burglary of a building in Comanche County and possession of a firearm, Moore said.