Police say the man stole "pretty much anything that was left loose in a car."
NORTH CANTON City police and Stark County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man they say has been breaking into cars and stealing from residents in North Canton, Plain and Lake townships.
Nickolas W. Swisher, 24, no permanent address, was initially arrested at 11:24 a.m. Monday by North Canton police in the 300 block of Seventh Street NE, according to Stark County Jail records. Officers found him with a gun allegedly taken during one of the theft incidents.
He was jailed on charges of assault, receiving stolen property and a parole violation.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction records show he has been on parole since his April release from prison, where he was serving time for burglary.
Swisher was cited on Saturday by Jackson Township police on a misdemeanor drug possession charge. A court hearing was scheduled for Sept. 28.
Stark County Sheriff's deputies charged him additionally at 7:54 p.m. Monday at the jail with grand theft, theft, criminal aggravated trespassing and two counts of criminal damaging and endangering.
Maj. C.J. Stantz said Swisher is accused of breaking into several vehicles and stealing purses, wallets, money, electronics, and "pretty much anything that was left loose in a car, any items of value."
Jail records said investigators have security video of him breaking into unlocked vehicles and breaking vehicle windows.
Swisher remained in the jail early Tuesday, held without bond pending Canton Municipal Court hearings.
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