Deputies nab Sherwood Shores serial burglar

SHERWOOD SHORES, Tex. (KXII) - A man responsible for several recent burglaries and trespassing complaints in the Sherwood Shores area was caught and arrested Thursday, according to the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.

Joanne Cromer lives in Oklahoma City, but owns four lake properties in Sherwood Shores she rents out throughout the year.

"You know, it's just an awful feeling. You feel violated," Cromer said.

A couple days ago she found out the window of the back door to one of those homes had been broken into, which could be related to Zachary Nelson's string of burglaries in Gordonville.

"That area is known for people who aren't there all the time," Bigham said.

"This is off season. You know, it's really slow," Cromer said.

Cromer got a call from her handy man on New Year's Day.

"Someone broke out the window in the back door of one of our properties and when he went in, it looked like someone had been living in it," Cromer said.

She hasn't been back yet to see if anything was stolen…

But Bigham said they got several calls about similar break-ins in the area over the past few days.

"The community was able to give us a lot of information," Bigham said.

Bigham said over the past two weeks several burglary reports and trespassing complaints were made from the Sherwood Shores area in reference to a white man seen walking in the area breaking into homes.

Investigators were able to identify Nelson and link him to the burglaries and complaints.

That information led to Zachary Nelson's arrest on Thursday.

Bigham says he was walking down the street in the same area where the crimes occurred when they found him.

"He's not paying my property taxes, so he doesn't have a right to my house," Cromer said.

The sheriff's office is still trying to figure out how many homes were broken into.

Nelson is being held in the Grayson County Jail for burglary on a $10,000 bond.

Bigham said it's likely he'll face other charges.