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UPDATE: Plea deal for Rochester man arrested in connection with more than 100 business burglaries

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A Rochester man believed to be responsible for dozens and dozens of break-ins in the Rochester area reaches a plea deal, admitting his guilt in two cases.

Brian Stefan Williams, 43, pleaded guilty in Olmsted County Court on Thursday, October 8, to 2nd Degree Burglary and 2nd Degree Attempted Burglary. Both are felony charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced on November 30. On that same day, he will have a hearing for a third case where he is charged with 2nd Degree Burglary. His plea still stands as 'not guilty' in that case.

Police arrested Williams in May. Police said officers spent hundreds of hours reviewing surveillance video, and had investigators following Williams.

Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin said Williams broke into ExcercisAbilities Physical Therapy at 5335 E. Frontage Rd. on May 8, and SalonCentric at 1617 N. Broadway on May 14. Investigators followed Williams to Dodge Center, where they saw him leaving a business at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office was contacted and authorities followed Williams to Kasson where he broke into Steve's Collision Center at 700 7th Street Circle. The Kasson Police Department responded to that business alarm, and also joined in the effort to make the arrest.

Williams was taken into custody on Highway 14 in front of the Byron Fire Department. Sherwin said a Crime Alert was issued for Williams and three different agencies contacted the Rochester Police Department from the Twin Cities, saying that Williams was a serial burglar and was convicted and sentenced to 63 months in prison in 2013.

"Smooth would be a word used to describe him, he's very good because he alluded capture what I believe for several months," said Sherwin. "However, he's not that good -- he still slipped up and we were able to identify him."

Williams is on parole for previous burglary charges. Sherwin said Williams also had a curfew, and reported to his parole officer every evening.

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