MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) - David Croley has a record so long even the judge at his arraignment Friday seemed surprised by it.
When he asked how many burglaries Croley had been convicted of, Croley answered 7.
But police fear Croley may have added to his rap sheet in Miami Township if not for some quick thinking by Moraine Police Officer Jonathan Spencer.
"As a police officer you want to make a difference and you want to help the community as much as you can and I saw an opportunity to bring an end to the case," Spencer says.
Croley was on the run after Miami Township police put out his picture and car description in connection with what they say were at least 7 burglaries, many of which he pulled off using a screwdriver.
Officer Spencer happened to know some friends of Croley's, so he gave them a call Thursday and convinced them to reach out to Croley.
"They cared enough to go ahead and help resolve this," Spencer says.
Eventually the friends came with Croley to the Moraine Police Department Thursday so he could turn himself in.
What was it that Officer Spencer said that was so convincing?
He tells 2 NEWS it was simply his concern for everybody's safety.
"It just seemed like it was going down the path that either a victim or Mr. Croley gets hurt eventually," Spencer says.
Officer Spencer says he'll never know for sure why Croley decided to surrender, but he thinks in many cases the stress of the chase gets to the suspects.
"Most people get tired of running," Spencer says. "Most people are looking for an easy way out they can kind of control."
Croley is being held on a $250,000 bond.
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