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Steelton man arrested for auto theft, extortion, fraud

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STEELTON, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Steelton man was arrested after police say he stole a car, crashed it, then fled the scene on foot, but not before stealing items from the vehicle.

On December 30, 2013, Upper Allen Township Police received a report that a car was stolen from a business in the 500 block of Independence Avenue while the victim was working.

Police determined that 21-year-old Zachary James Jackson of Swatara Street in Steelton had been working the same day at the same place as the victim and stole the car.

Officials said that after Jackson fled in the car, he crashed it in Camp Hill and ran on foot after taking personal items from the car.

Jackson then contacted the victim and demanded access to the credit cards he stole from the car, police said.

Police obtained a warrant for Jackson, and on January 14, officers arrested him at a home in Steelton. He faces numerous charges including theft and access device fraud.

Jackson was arraigned and committed to Cumberland County Prison under $25,000 bail. At the time of arrest, Jackson was out on bail for similar charges out of Dauphin County.

A preliminary hearing will be held at a later date.

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