Man in Nebraska jail cell is suspect in Springboro theft, 15 states

David M. Kunz, 55, of St. Paul., Minn., was being held on a parole violation in the Lancaster County, Neb., jail while charges were being filed. This is his booking photo in Lancaster County. CONTRIBUTED

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David M. Kunz, 55, of St. Paul., Minn., was being held on a parole violation in the Lancaster County, Neb., jail while charges were being filed. This is his booking photo in Lancaster County. CONTRIBUTED

Police said a suspected robber sought in a hotel heist last month in Springboro is in a Nebraska jail after an investigation that has grown to include 27 jurisdictions in 15 states.

“There’s probably more out there,” Springboro Detective Terry Dunkel said.

David M. Kunz, 55, of St. Paul., Minn., was being held on a parole violation in the Lancaster County, Neb., jail while charges were being filed.

Dunkel said he would seek charges against Kunz in Warren County.

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Dunkel said a detective from Edmond, Okla., joined the investigation after reading a post about the case on the Warren County News Facebook page.

This led to conversations with a detective in Kenosha, Wisc., and information sharing.

“Next thing you know, we’ve got 27 police agencies involved,” Dunkel said.

On Saturday, Kunz was arrested in Lincoln, Neb., in an SUV reportedly stolen from there.

“He went to Grand Island and hit two hotels,” Dunkel said this morning.

He was seen leaving on Interstate 80, and police were called.

“Lincoln was waiting for him,” Dunkel said.

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In several cases, including a Sept. 16 robbery at the Hampton Inn on Greenwood Lane in Springboro east of Interstate 75, Dunkel said the robber would tell the desk clerk there was an ice machine leaking on an upper floor and ask for a mop and bucket.

When the clerk left the desk, the robber broke into the cash register and escaped with cash, Dunkel said.

In the Springboro case, the thief allegedly made off with $300 from the cash drawer and a bank envelope with less than $10, according to a run sheet. He was identified from a surveillance camera.

“This guy did not disguise himself. He didn’t really care,” Dunkel said. “He’s got numerous thefts, dating all the way back to the early 90s.”

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