GLOUCESTER CO.-- The Gloucester Sheriff's Department has been on a roll lately, solving a string of daytime home burglaries.
Following last week's arrest of five teenagers, police yesterday arrested 27-year-old Steven Tozer of Gloucester on 15 felony criminal charges and five misdemeanors linked to 8 break-ins.
After investigators identified Tozer as a suspect, he was put under surveillance. Yesterday, officers followed him to a house on Crab Thicket Road.
"An alarm went off once he forced entry into the residence. I believe that scared him off," said Sheriff Darrell Warren.
Tozer was later arrested while parked at a nearby convenience store.
"We knew he was a person of interest, but we really wanted some additional confirmation," Warren added.
Investigators have recovered most of the property Tozer is accused of stealing, including a diamond ring valued at $10,000.
"We have solved three strings of burglaries in as many weeks." said Warren.
Tozer remains in the Gloucester Jail without bond.