Teacher and Minister Called a Con Man

An Allen man known for his work as a school teacher and church minister may have a much darker side.  Steven Breed was arrested and has already made bail, although police have other charges they’re pondering.  Breed is the leading suspect in a string of thefts in North Texas, including one in Highland Park where jewels worth more than 20-thousand-dollars were stolen.  Police across North Texas, from Fort Worth to Frisco, are investigating Breed who is called a con man with a gambling problem.  One of his methods, as described by detectives, is to get real estate agents to show him a home.  Then, behind the agent’s back, they believe he ransacks the home for jewelry and other valuables.  Six years ago, he was hired as children’s minister at First Baptist Church in Allen but only lasted a few months.  The church is not saying why he was released.  In 2005, he accepted a job to teach in the Frisco district where he remained until early 2008.  Some parents are quoted as saying he was a good teacher who exhibited a grandfatherly presence to the children.  Others, though, claim he began asking for money, as much as ten-thousand dollars at a time, in order to pay his bills.