A Clark County man faces more than a dozen charges for multiple break-ins across the area, and the sheriff said he is also a suspect in several more crimes.
Jamie Back, 33, of 3267 Lower Valley Pike, was found hiding in a closet inside his home Wednesday when Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies took him into custody.
In Clark County Common Pleas Court on Thursday, he pleaded not guilty to felony counts of fleeing and eluding, assault and possession of criminal tools, as well as three counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of vandalism and one count of misdemeanor theft.
Back initially refused to appear at his arraignment, but was ordered from his cell at the Clark County Jail by Judge Eugene Nevius. Unhappy about the media’s presence, he cursed and covered his head with his striped jail shirt during the proceedings. He said he was “not really sure” about the charges he faced, and asked the judge for a public defender, which was granted.
The charges stem from alleged break-ins at Rockway School, Lower Valley Furniture and Small Engine Service Pros, and allegedly stealing a vehicle and items out of a barn at 5725 Springfield Xenia Road.
He is also accused of trying to steal gas out of a truck parked at USA Roller Skating Center in German Twp., and allegedly throwing a jug full of that stolen gas at the police chief there while he fled, according to the sheriff’s office.
After executing two search warrants, one at his home on Lower Valley Pike and one in the 1200 block of Oakleaf Avenue, Sheriff Gene Kelly said detectives connected him to an alleged Springfield theft case involving cremated remains, and have evidence that could connect him to dozens more cases.
Anyone who may have purchased items from Back or who has other information should contact the sheriff’s office, Kelly said.
Bond was set at $49,000. Back remains in the Clark County Jail.