A man who allegedly stole the underwear of women in three counties faces charges of burglary, criminal mischief, trespass and theft, police said.

Investigators in Linn, Benton and Tama counties say Arthur L. Dunkel, 32, broke into at least seven residences and took women's underwear. In two of the break-ins, he also allegedly stole computers.

"It's not every day that you have this," Cedar Rapids police Lt. Ken Washburn said.

Dunkel was arrested Monday and is being held on $55,900 cash bail, The Gazette reported Thursday.

Dunkel was charged in Benton County with four counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree criminal mischief, one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief, one count of criminal trespass and one count of fifth-degree theft.

Police have not said how they identified Dunkel as a suspect. But Dunkel was placed under surveillance and, based on the investigation, a search warrant was issued for his home and car, Washburn said, adding that authorities found women's undergarments and a laptop computer that had been stolen.