Niagara Gazette


December 3, 2012

Falls break-in suspect sentenced


Niagara Gazette — Once Stephens was in custody, Earp began to question him about the car break-ins. The warrants officer also showed Stephens some videotape of the break-ins, captured by security cameras.

"You could just see his face (watching the surveillance video)," Earp said. "It was like, I'm caught. He knew it was him on the tape."

Stephens gave investigators a confession to 36 car break-ins in the parking lots of the Sheraton, Giacomo, Hampton Inn and Super 8 hotels. While detectives believe he is also responsible for dozens of other break-ins, before he could be charged with them, Stephens pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors.

This is the second time Stephens has gone on a car break-in binge.

In Spring 2010, Stephens was charged in a rash of car break-ins in the South End that marred the start of the summer tourist season over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. 

At that time, Stephens admitted to stealing at least 10 GPS systems after breaking into cars parked in the lots surrounding South End hotels.

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