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Police: Man broke into multiple Hilliard-area businesses, including pet store, released animals

The suspect, Matthew Pancake, had allegedly broken into and taken items from Roosters, Famous Footwear, and Petland.
Columbus Division of Police
The suspect, Matthew Pancake, had allegedly broken into and taken items from Roosters, Famous Footwear, and Petland.

Columbus Police arrested a man early Tuesday morning in connection with a string of burglaries in the Hilliard area.

Police say the suspect, Matthew Pancake, broke into and stole items from Roosters, Famous Footwear and Petland. All three businesses are located near Hilliard Rome Road.

Officers first responded to a burglary alarm at the Roosters restaurant just after 3 a.m., and obtained footage of a man with long hair and leopard-print pajama pants.

Officers also found that the Petland, not far from Roosters, had also been broken into. Several animals were seen running around the parking lot, including two puppies, bunnies and multiple birds.

While searching for the suspect, police found the Famous Footwear had been burglarized, which is believed to be connected to the other two burglaries. Officers found blood at the shoe store, which they believe indicates the Pancake may have been injured.

Police found Pancake asleep near a Big Lots store on Roberts Road. While arresting Pancake, police found four hamsters in his pants. The hamsters were unharmed and safely returned to Petland.

Pancake was charged with breaking and entering and taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries.

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