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Trail of blood followed to man suspected in vehicle break-ins

Matthew Calimer charged with burglary, theft, and numerous other charges

June 17, 2010

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Waynesboro police followed a trail of blood to find a man they say burglarized several vehicles late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Matthew Calimer, no age given, of Philadelphia Avenue in Waynesboro, was charged with burglary, theft, theft from a motor vehicle, loitering and prowling at night, criminal mischief and two alcohol-related offenses, police said in a news release.

Police said they were called to the 100 block of North Potomac Street at 5:21 a.m. Wednesday. There, a woman said someone had gone through her 2004 Honda Civic and left behind blood.

An officer found several additional vehicles with open doors and broken windows. There was blood in most of them, police said.

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An officer followed a trail of blood and vandalized vehicles, meeting a man along the way who said someone had broken into the rear of his home and threw paint on his vehicles, police said.

Additional blood was found on the side of a paint can found near the vehicles, police said.

The officer continued on West North Street and Garfield Street. Items were found on the ground beside open car doors, the news release stated.

When turning from Garfield Street to Linden Avenue, the officer saw a man standing in the alley. His white shirt appeared to be covered in blood, police said.

"A witness advised the male subject the officer had (seen) was previously inside his son's vehicle," the news release stated.

Calimer was taken to Waynesboro Hospital for stitches on his left hand, police said.

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