Man wearing GPS monitoring device linked to more than 20 crimes

When police went looking for the man who they say broke into several area businesses, they had a major clue on their side -- the GPS monitoring device the suspect was wearing.

James Kilmire, 37, had a tracking device strapped to his right ankle when he was arrested last Friday by Akron police in the parking lot of a Walmart.

"This rises to the level of not the most brilliant person," said Akron police Lt. Rick Edwards.

Police said Kilmire broke into several businesses last week in the North Hill neighborhood. He used a crowbar to gain entry and to break into cash registers in some of the cases, Edwards said.

Detectives said Kilmire has since been linked to more than 20 similar crimes in multiple jurisdictions, including Tallmadge, Cuyahoga Falls, Wadsworth, Green, Coventry, Springfield Township and Norton.

After the break-ins in Akron, detectives received word from Norton police that Kilmire should be considered a suspect.

Police reviewed surveillance video from one of the victimized businesses, Sunsations and More, and determined it was Kilmire who busted open a glass door and pried open the register.

Michele Considine, a manager at the tanning salon, couldn't believe her eyes when she saw the ankle monitor.

"The epitome of stupid criminal. It's amazing to me how somebody could be that stupid," Considine said.

Officers checked the man's GPS device, tracked him to the Fairlawn Walmart on West Market Street, and took him into custody.

Edwards said Norton police had arrested Kilmire for breaking and entering on April 3, but he was released on bond on April 11.

Kilmire was under the watch of the Ohio Adult Parole Authority and Oriana House in Akron.

Bernie Rochford, executive vice president of Oriana House, said Kilmire did not have specific orders to stay away from any locations.

"He was not under house arrest. He was under a form of monitoring in case he did anything wrong," Rochford said.

He described the monitoting system as "similar to On Star" and it creates a log of data points.

A supervisor for Kilmire's parole officer referred NewsChannel to a public information officer  in Columbus to inquire about the case. As of early Monday evening, a spokesperson had not returned a call.

Edwards said the suspect has also done prison time and got out of a state institution last fall.

Kilmire is being held in the Summit County Jail on multiple counts of breaking and entering and other charges. He's due in Akron Municipal Court for a status hearing on June 5.


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