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Stanley Helman, 37, was caught by police exiting a home carrying a flat screen television.

Authorities were on the lookout for a small black car with a spoiler in association with a string of seven robberies in the area.

The mayor of Lordstown, Arno Hill, was looking out his home window when he spotted the suspected car and called police.

That is when police arrived at the house, catching Helman in the act.

"I'm sitting in the front room on the phone and I see a black car with a spoiler. It turns around in my driveway, so I give the police department a call and I say, 'I think he's back in town,' and ten minutes later, they are out," says Hill. "He didn't even see the police chief pull in to the driveway until he got done putting the flat screen in the car."

Police think Helman was knocking on doors and if no one was home he would kick in the door. If they were home he would make up an excuse and leave.

Police hope people will call authorities in the future if they feel someone is out of place in their neighborhoods and they think they might be trying case homes for future crimes.

Helman could face charges for burglary and obtaining weaponry, as guns were among the items stolen from one of the homes in question.

The television is still in the car, waiting to be looked at as evidence.

21 News Reporter Matt Stone will have more on this story at 11 p.m.

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