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Suspect in Summit Co. break-ins arrested

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Posted at 9:42 AM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 12:15:33-05

The man officials say is responsible for at least a dozen break-ins at Summit County businesses and construction sites has been arrested.

According to the Summit County Sheriff's Office, 36-year-old Joshua Collmar of Coventry Township was arrested Wednesday and charged with breaking and entering and receiving stolen property. 

On February 11 around 4:30 a.m., the sheriff's office responded to a break-in at a business on Arlington Road in Green. A short time after a responding deputy obtained a description of the vehicle used in that break-in, he spotted the car in a parking lot in Akron. The suspect was allegedly moving stolen items from the car into another vehicle. 

When the suspect saw the deputy, he allegedly tried to hit the cruiser with one of the vehicles. Then he got out and fled on foot.

Almost a week later, on Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. a sheriff's deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle on Interstate Parkway in Green. After a short pursuit, the driver was able to pull over, jump out of the car and evade officers once again.

Investigators quickly determined Collmar was the driver of that vehicle. He was later located and arrested without incident.

According to the sheriff's office, the car Collmar jumped out of had been stolen from a nearby car dealership, along with several sets of keys. 

Officials say he is also a suspect in at least 12 other break-ins at construction sites and businesses in the county. 

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Searches were conducted and deputies located several other items of stolen property including hand tools, power tools, a U-Haul truck full of property and a 2016 Winnebago camper. 

The 36-year-old suspect was charged and booked in the Summit County Jail.