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Police arrest man for mass burglaries in Bell County

Steven Hardy Steven Hardy
Michael Spencer Michael Spencer
TEMPLE, TX (KXXV) - UPDATE: Belton police have charged a 22-year-old man with multiple charges, including 10 misdemeanor charges of burglary of a motor vehicle.

Steven Hardy was arrested previously along with another man for a car burglary on January 6. Hardy has also been charged for burglaries in neighborhoods off Lake Rd. on January 4-5. He has also been charged with burglary of a habitation, a felony. He is in the Bell County Jail on $72,500 bond for the Belton charges.

Steven Hardy, 22, and Michael Spencer, 20, have both been charged with burglary of a vehicle and are in the Bell County Jail, after a car burglary in the early morning hours of January 6.

Temple officers were called out to the 5400 block of Summerwood Dr. about 1:20 a.m. Monday morning for a reported burglary. A caller reported that someone had entered the detached garage at the home and triggered an alarm.

Officers arrived on the scene and found a light on inside the garage. They entered the garage to check for suspects, but no one was inside. They did find items from inside lying outside in the yard. Police say the homeowner positively identified the items. Officers continued to check the area on foot for the suspects or more possibly stolen items.

Officers remained on the scene and saw a light colored SUV on a nearby street. The officer remembered that a vehicle matching that description was wanted in connection with several car burglaries in Belton and other parts of Bell County. The officer on the scene told other patrol officers and directed them to the SUV. The SUV was then pulled over.

Two men were inside the SUV. Police say they interviewed them and they allowed the officers to search the vehicle. While searching the vehicle, officers found a number of items they suspected were stolen. Officers were able to trace one of the items to an address in the 5500 block of Legacy Oaks.

Officers went to that address and found that the resident's car had been burglarized, and the item officers found in the suspect's vehicle had been taken during that burglary. Police say that a number of other vehicles in the area of Legacy Oaks, Blue Meadow Drive, Ellington Court, and Butterfly Court had also been burglarized.
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