ASHLAND — Police in Ashland and Mansfield are looking for a man they believe is behind a string of recent break-ins.
In Ashland, the break-ins began Tuesday around 9:25 p.m. at Family Chiropractic Clinic, at 918 Katherine St, said Lt. John Simmons of Ashland Police Department.
Simmons said that break-in came in as an alarm about an hour-and-a-half after residents in the area observed a man acting suspiciously at Armstrong Accounting & Consulting.
“When he was confronted, he fled on foot,” Simmons said. The two buildings are about a third of a mile apart.
Simmons said the man took a “small amount” of change from a cash drawer.
Simmons said the man then broke into two other buildings along Claremont Avenue.
Sometime in the night hours between Tuesday and Wednesday, police believe the man broke into the Medical Arts Building at 1060 Claremont Ave. Simmons said he is unsure as to what is missing from that incident.
Police say the man then broke into Rice Ramsier Insurance Group, at 700 East Main St., where Simmons said he took another unknown amount of cash.
Simmons said no one was reported injured during the string of break-ins in Ashland, but the buildings were damaged in the process.
Ashland police have surveillance video of the man breaking into the buildings. They have released still images from those videos. Simmons declined to publish the videos.
He said Ashland police is working in collaboration with Mansfield police to identify the man. Simmons suspects the same man is also responsible for break-ins in Loudonville around a week ago.
Loudonville's police Facebook page posted photos of the man and said "he is a person of interest in multiple breaking and enterings of Loudonville businesses."
Mansfield police posted photos of the man on Friday and asked the community for help identifying him.
Lt. Rob Skropits, of Mansfield police, was not immediately available to comment.
Those with information are asked to call Ashland police at 419-289-3639 ext. 1114 or Mansfield police at 419-755-9724.
For those in Loudonville with information, call 419-994-4152 or 419-994-4151. People can also email firstname.lastname@example.org