Tamaqua Police have arrested a man suspected in recent smash and grab robberies involving items taken from parked cars.

Over the past few weeks, officers have received numerous reports of someone smashing windows on vehicles. Most of the incidents involved the theft of GPS devices.

The two most recent events involved a 2004 Jeep Liberty owned by Rachel Brimmer of Barnesville and a 2005 Saab 92X owned by Christine Gallagher of Tamaqua. Brimmer's vehicle had been parked in the lot at the Family Dollar Store, while Gallagher's was parked in a lot to the rear of 301 E. Broad St.

Officers set up a surveillance schedule with heightened patrols of the area.

On Thursday, at 3:30 p.m., Sgt. Rick Weaver and Patrolman Anthony Stanell observed a male acting suspiciously in the Family Dollar Store parking lot. The male then entered an unlocked truck near the Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits Store, 141 N. Railroad St. and removed a GPS unit and several other items. The officers then attempted to take the man into custody.

The suspect, later identified as Wayne Faillace, 43, of 325 Schuylkill Ave., fled north on Pine Street. A private citizen saw officers pursuing the man and stopped the suspect in the 200 block of Pine Street. Faillace struggled with the officers as they attempted to place him in handcuffs, but was subdued and arrested.

He was arraigned before District Judge David Platchko on charges of escape, resisting arrest, theft from a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and providing false information to law enforcement.

Bail was set at $25,000 straight cash bond. A routine records check also discovered that Faillace was wanted in New York on a parole violation from a robbery charge. He was incarcerated in the county prison, Pottsville.

Tamaqua Police also note Faillace will be charged in connection with other related thefts, identified through video surveillance. Assisting Weaver and Stanell were Cpl. Dwayne Hacker and Patrolman Karl Harig.