State police troopers arrested a man in Dauphin County they believe was behind a series of convenience store burglaries, including two in York County, in which cigarettes were stolen.
A trooper spotted the wanted David Roy Guisewhite, 54, no fixed address, at a Hess station in the 7800 block of Linglestown Road in West Hanover Township just before 4 a.m. Friday and attempted to arrest him, according to a news release from state police.
Guisewhite ran, setting off a foot chase with the trooper in pursuit, police said.
The trooper had to use his Taser to stop Guisewhite and to take him into custody, police said.
A search of a stolen vehicle Guisewhite was operating yielded a stash of 58 cartoons of cigarettes that are believed to have been stolen, police said.
Wanted man: Two police agencies in York County had been on the lookout for Guisewhite after two burglaries in the northern part of the county.
He is also believed to be behind numerous other similar burglaries in Pennsylvania and Maryland, authorities said.
On May 24, police allege Guisewhite made off with $3,900 worth of cigarettes during a burglary at Sunoco gas station at 2200 Old Trail Road in Newberry Township, according to township police.
Guisewhite also allegedly burglarized the Dillsburg Tobacco Outlet, 1 U.S. Route 15 South, on May 27, Carroll Township Police had said.
Guisewhite fled in a GMC U-Haul van that had an image of a panda, part of the moving company's "Venture Across America" series, on its side during both burglaries, police had said.
Charges stemming from the Dillsburg burglary were filed against Guisewhite a few days before he was arrested, said Sgt. David Smith of Carroll Township Police.
Almost caught: The long arm of the law nearly caught up with Guisewhite early this month when the U-Haul van was spotted by a police officer.
On June 3, a Newberry Township Police officer spotted the panda-clad U-Haul. Guisewhite, who previously lived in New York state, fled on foot and was able to evade police.
Now he faces numerous burglary-related charges in York County, as well as receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and other charges in Dauphin County, according to court records.
As of Wednesday, Guisewhite had not been arraigned on the charges in York County, records state.
It is not know if Guisewhite has retained an attorney.
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