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Police: Man arrested after breaking into United Express

Wichita Falls police say a tracking device in a cash bag taken in an early morning burglary on Jacksboro highway led them to the suspect. 

However, that money bag only contained two 20 dollar bills, the rest were decoy bills. 45-year-old Stephen Maxwell is charged with burglary and criminal trespass and has a long list of prior burglary charges as well, including numerous break-ins on Jacksboro highway last year.

Police say at around 4 am, a burglar alarm went off at United Express on Jacksboro highway. Officers found the drive-thru window of the building was open and there were coins and cigarettes scattered on the ground.

A dispatcher then told officers alerts were recieved from a cash bag equipped with a tracking device. The alert showed it to be nearby on south winds drive and then led them to a backyard on Westridge, One street west of Jacksboro highway.

Officers found Maxwell and the cash bag with the tracking device and decoy bills. They say he also had screwdrivers, gloves, and a pick.

Maxwell has convictions dating back to 1992, including numerous burglaries of buildings and thefts and has served 4 terms in prison.

Last January he was arrested in connection to a series of business burglaries overall several nights on Jacksboro highway, In one he was caught while climbing over a fence.

Police say Maxwell admitted to each burglary when asked, and they found stolen items in a room at the Wayfarer Motel.


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