Breaking in the back door before stealing jewelry and cash.
That was how an accused thief operated in at least one dozen home burglaries in two states, according to New Castle County Police.
Police say Patrick Lofland, of Upper Chichester, Pa., was linked to a string of daytime burglaries over the last three months in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
The 26-year-old was arrested last week and charged with multiple counts of burglary, according to police.
Investigators had already linked at least 12 burglaries in which money and jewelry were stolen through a distinctive pattern, but police say on Wednesday they were able to link Lofland to the cases through evidence found at the scene of one burglary.
Police say a search of Lofland's home turned up stolen property. Police say Lofland has been linked to burglaries in Pennsylvania too. Police didn't say how much Lofland allegedly stole.
He is being held at the Delaware County Correctional Facility on $325,000 cash bail.