A suspect accused of burglarizing five Denison businesses was arrested after police were able to identify him from surveillance images taken during his latest heist.


Clarence Mack Butler, 46, of Denison, was charged with five counts of burglary of a building, and was booked into the Grayson County Jail Monday. His bond was set at $10,000 for each burglary charge.


In a statement released Monday, the Denison Police Department said officers responded to Kent’s Tex-Mex restaurant in the 2900 block of Woodlawn Boulevard at approximately 4 a.m. on April 14, after receiving a report that the business had been broken into and money was stolen from a cash register. Upon reviewing security camera footage from the restaurant, the department identified Butler as the suspect. Butler was later arrested and subsequently interviewed about the burglary of the restaurant and several other Denison area businesses that were burglarized during the last month.


Denison Police Lt. Paul Neumann said in addition to confessing to the burglary of Kent’s Tex-Mex, Butler confessed to the burglaries of Universal Motors on March 31, Gonzales Deli Shop on April 1, Walker’s Snack Bar on April 7 and Country Java on April 9. Neumann said he did not know how much money Butler took during the alleged spree, but said financial gain was his motive.


“It was all cash and change,” Neumann said of what was taken from the businesses. “His intent, apparently, going into all of them, was monetary.”


But Neumann said Butler did walk away empty-handed on at least one occasion. The Denison Police lieutenant said Butler fled the scene of Universal Motors without any cash, after his alleged burglary was interrupted by the store owner who chased him off the property.


Neumann said Butler is well known to the Denison Police Department, as he has been arrested “countless” times during the last 20 years.