STATESVILLE, N.C. -- A man accused of prying screens from windows in Statesville homes is in police custody.

Officers responded to a reported burglary around 11 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of North Kelly Street.

The police department already stepped up patrols in that area because of burglary reports earlier in the week. They quickly responded and allegedly found Willie Gresham, 29.

Police say he tried to break into nearby homes and apartments through the windows.

Investigators say evidence links Gresham to other crimes. He faces several counts of burglary and attempted burglary.

He s being held on a $50,000 bond.

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