BOARDMAN - Boardman Police arrested a man Friday who investigators believe is responsible for a rash of vehicle break-ins, said Chief John Zeiler.

Around 7:15 Thursday, a call came in to the police department describing a man entering several vehicles parked near Kinkade Street. The caller said he saw a man rummaging through vehicles.

Police apprehended Michael Mullican, 24, near the scene. The caller identified Mullican as the man he'd seen rummaging through vehicles.

Boardman has been experiencing a "rash" of such break-ins in during the past month, Zeiler said. He said Mullican is suspected in most of these and is the city's only suspect at this point.

The break-ins have happened to mostly unlocked cars, Zeiler said. The list of items taken can run the gambit.

"It can be money, it can be purses, it can be anything that's loose," Zeiler said.

To prevent such thefts, Zeiler cautioned people to lock their cars and trucks and not leave expensive items in the car or in plain view.

"Please remember - never leave items of value in your vehicle and always lock up your vehicle at night," he said.

He also commended the citizen who called police and identified the suspect.

"Remember to always report any unusual activity you may see in your neighborhood," he said. "Criminals tend to stay away from communities that are proactive against crime."

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