SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — An 18-year-old Sioux Falls man is in jail, accused in more than a dozen burglary and theft cases.
Patrick Morris was arrested earlier this week on several warrants.
Police say the alleged crimes happened over the past couple months and vary from entering occupied homes in the middle of the night to taking mail or packages.
“A lot of them were unlocked homes that he had entered but some of them there was some forced entry. Nice to say that he’s been caught. Like I said this was 13 different cases dealing with just one person is a lot,” Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said.
In one of the break ins, a Sioux Falls woman says someone cut the screen to her bedroom while she and her adult son were sleeping in the living room. Her cell phone and wallet went missing. According to court documents at least two other people reported break ins at night and their phones and wallets missing.
Along with the break ins, Morris is accused of stealing mail and packages and stealing a security camera. Police say the alleged crimes happened over the past couple months.
“It’s nice to finally figure out who he is and obviously he’ll have his day in court and be held accountable,” Clemens said.
Morris was growing bolder with his alleged crimes. Police say he also entered homes during the day.
Morris is charged with first degree burglary, possession of stolen property, grand theft and Intentional damage to property.
Morris appeared in court late Friday afternoon. The judge set his bond at $3,000 cash only. The prosecutor told the judge more charges are coming.