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Suspect arrested after multiple cases of vehicle break-ins outside fitness centers

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ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS 10) - A suspect was arrested Thursday evening in relation to a string of vehicle break-ins at fitness centers. 

Roanoke County Police said since November 2014, various fitness centers in the Roanoke Valley have experienced clients' cars being broken into and their property stolen. The most recent occurred March 12 at the Green Ridge Recreation Center in Roanoke County.

The Roanoke County Police Department's Crime Analyst used information from the past offenses and information provided by investigators to determine that the suspect typically struck early in the morning and then late in the evening. 

Using this information, evening shift supervisors coordinated efforts to provide extra coverage in the areas of the fitness centers.

In the evening of March 12, Mark Anthony Martin, 51, of Washington, D.C., was stopped in a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle found in surveillance video from previous incidents. Martin was stopped in the area of Gold's Gym on Electric Rd.

Further investigation determined that Martin was a fugitive from South Carolina. He was arrested for being a fugitive from justice. He has been connected to the vehicle break-ins and charges were pending.