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Suspect facing charges after string of Great Clips burglaries

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A man police believe may have burglarized as many as twenty businesses in the metro is now facing charges.

Justin Adkins is charged in Johnson County with two counts of burglary and theft.

Overland Park police said they, with the help of the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, were able to make an arrest in connection to Great Clips burglaries that took place from Shawnee to Kansas City, KS, and multiple cities in between.

The most recent break-in happened overnight near West 87th Street and Lackman Road in Lenexa, KS. Investigators say they made the discovery about 5 a.m. Friday.

"There was cops everywhere. It was all lit up and I was like ‘What's going on over there?'" said Adam Basquez who works near the Lenexa Great Clips.

It started about a month ago. Someone was breaking into businesses, primarily Great Clips locations, throughout the metro and helping themselves to cash. The crook hit up stores in both Kansas and Missouri.

"There were 17 throughout the metro. We don't know if they were connected, but we believe he was connected to a great deal, if not all, of them," said Officer Jacklyn Zickel with the Overland Park Police Department.

Business owners and employees are frustrated because they say this is costing them time and money.

In the most recent burglary, the thieves shattered the glass door and bent the metal door frame. They created even more damage to the door where they tried to smash their way inside.

The thieves ripped out the surveillance cameras when they hit the same store just last week.

Police have been increasing their patrols near Great Clips locations in an effort to stop the crime trend.

"I just found out this morning. I think it's just strange. I can't imagine Great Clips would hold a lot of money at one point and time. Everyone has cameras now. I don't know, I thought maybe it was something personal. Who knows," Basquez said.

The details are being kept quiet about how police caught the suspect, but early Friday morning the two agencies served a warrant that had been issued the night before in Kansas City, KS. Investigators say the suspect was taken into custody without any issues and booked into the Johnson County jail.

"We've all been working with area agencies to get this solved because he not only affected Overland Park, but he's affecting the entire metro area," Zickel said.

Adkins' bond has been set at $100,000.

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