Last year, people in St. Clairsville and all across Belmont County were afraid to go out and afraid to stay home due to a series of break-ins.
A man was breaking into houses in broad daylight, stealing jewelry, cash and drugs.
In fact, in one case, a woman walked in just as a man was kicking in her back door. Now 37-year-old Lawrence Henry of Fairpoint admits he was one of the burglars and admits that it happened many times.
Belmont County Prosecutor Chris Berhalter said Henry pleaded guilty Tuesday.
"Mr. Henry pled guilty to 14 counts of burglary and one count of receiving stolen property and an additional count of breaking and entering," Berhalter said. "Well during a roughly four-month period of time, he went on a crime spree that fortunately is unparalleled here in Belmont County."
Lawrence Henry is set to be sentenced Nov. 19. The victims of his crimes have been notified and they could all be in court to speak out.
Henry faces up to 106 years in prison. He told the judge he did it because he has a severe addiction to pain medication and heroin.