A Christmas Eve arrest put a Carrollton man in jail following an investigation that connected him with the theft of holiday gifts and other items from several homes.

The Carrollton Police Department arrested Drake Meyer, 21, after officers discovered stolen property in his Fifth Street home from several burglaries reported to the police department throughout December.

Police began investigating a series of burglaries on Dec. 8. The last burglary was reported on Dec. 24 around 7 a.m.

"A rash of 15 burglaries in two weeks became a priority for us to investigate," Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite said in a release.

Carrollton Police Officer Tim Mitchell saw Meyer and a female walking in an alley around 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. A residential burglary in the same area was reported about an hour later, a release said. Mitchell suspected Meyer could be involved, so Mitchell began looking for Meyer.

The officer found Meyer at 1116 Ninth St. around 11:45 a.m. with heroin and a syringe in his possession. Mitchell took Meyer to the Carrollton Police Department for questioning. During the questioning, Meyer agreed to return to his Fifth Street residence and gave Mitchell permission to search his bedroom, the release said. Mitchell found items that had been reported stolen.

Meyer was told he was under arrest after the discovery of the items, but he ran from the home and a short foot pursuit ensued. Meyer did not comply with the officer's commands, and Meyer was tazed.

Meyer was taken to the police department again and confessed to two burglaries, the press release said.

Willhoite, Sgt. Bob Stamper, Officer Ron Dickow and Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman searched the entire residence after the arrest and found items that connected Meyer to six of the 15 reported burglaries.

Some of the items taken included a .25 automatic pistol, jewelry and gold, knives, a Peavey guitar, Bose speakers and clothing. All of the property had been identified by the victims.

"This person was stealing Christmas presents that were intended for children, in addition to personal belongings and heirlooms of our citizens," Willhoite said in the release. "We are happy to have solved several of these burglaries and are continuing to investigate and link Meyer and any other suspects to the burglaries."

Meyer was charged with one count of burglary in the first degree, four counts of burglary in the second degree, three counts of receiving stolen property under $10,000, one count of receiving stolen property under $500, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. Meyer remains lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash bond.

"These burglaries were happening in daytime in residential settings," Willhoite said. "We cannot stress enough for neighbors to look out for each other's property and homes so if you see anything suspicious or looks out of place, call us and we will investigate."

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about the burglaries should contact the Carrollton Police Department at (502) 732-6621. Anonymous tips may also be sent online at www.carrolltonpd.net.