Police in Tuscaloosa have arrested a West Alabama after a string of "smash-and-grab" burglaries in the city over the last several weeks.

Stephanie Taylor, a spokeswoman for the Tuscaloosa Police Department, said break-ins were reported at businesses and other non-residential locations on February 16th, 22nd and 28th and again this Thursday.

Taylor said police believe one man from Forkland, Alabama is responsible for all the burglaries, during which beer and electronics were stolen.

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The suspect, 32-year-old Omar Ezra Knott, was located by U.S. Marshals Thursday at Creekwood Village Apartments in Tuscaloosa off Stillman Boulevard and finally arrested.

He has already been charged with four counts of third-degree burglary for the break-ins committed on the dates list above, and Taylor said he is also a suspect in three additional similar break-ins at churches and other buildings in the same time frame and more charges against Knott may follow.

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He was booked in the Tuscaloosa County Jail Thursday, where his bond for the burglary charges was set at $60,000, but Taylor said he is also wanted or in violation of parole in other counties and will be held until police from those jurisdictions have their own dealings with him.

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