SAUK RAPIDS -  St. Cloud man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a number of homes in Sauk Rapids and Benton County.

Sauk Rapids police arrested 32-year-old Derek Stirn.

On Friday at about 2:30 a.m. a resident who lives in the 900 block of Oak Crest Drive in Sauk Rapids reported he believed someone was burglarizing the neighbors home. The homeowners were not home at the time. Officers arrested Stirn after he ran out of the back door carrying property taken from the home.

Police say Stirn was also in possession of a handgun that had been taken on Wednesday, during a burglary of a garage in south Sauk Rapids.

As a result of the arrest, search warrants were done to recover stolen property from other break-ins.

Sauk Rapids police encourage you to lock your cars, garages and homes. Also, if you see something suspicious, call 911.