Police have arrested a man they believe broke into the bedrooms at least three University of Alabama students as they slept.

Jim McCoy, 35, has been charged with second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal trespassing in an ongoing investigating that could produce more charges, Tuscaloosa Police Lt. Teena Richardson said.

A woman told police earlier this month that she was awakened at 4 a.m. by a man standing at the foot of her bed at a residence in the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue. The woman screamed before he left, said Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Brad Mason, and later discovered he had stolen some property. Several days later, another woman reported waking up to find a man standing at the foot of her bed at an apartment in the 1400 block of Ninth Street.

"At this point we're not 100 percent sure what he was doing," Mason said. "We feel confident he was there to commit a theft — at a minimum. There weren't any reports of being touched, but waking up with someone standing at the foot of your bed is a pretty big problem."

There were no signs of forced entry at either of the apartments, he said.

"It's important that people lock their doors and windows to prevent something like this," he said.

McCoy was out on parole for a previous burglary conviction, Mason said. Police were concerned the burglaries could escalate to potential violence.

"A lot of times when something like this happens, their behavior does progress,"  he said. "It was important for us to catch him as soon as we possibly could because we didn't want this to become more serious, with someone hurt or injured."

The charges only involved two victims, Mason said. McCoy could face additional charges related to a third victim and more charges involving the first two victims.

Tuscaloosa Police and University of Alabama Police officers stopped McCoy on Grace Street at 12:30 a.m. Saturday. He was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail, where he remained Monday with bond set at $30,500.