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A man once dubbed the “sex toy bandit” went to prison in 2008 and has been on probation since February, 2010. On Wednesday he was arrested in connection with the same kind of crimes that previously put him behind bars: breaking into adult stores to steal magazines and other novelty items.

He allegedly hit at least one of the same stores again this time around.

According to police, Daniel Ray, 40, used his truck early Wednesday morning to smash into Adam & Eve on East Republic and Lilith’s Lair on East Kearney. The first break-in occurred at about 2:30 a.m., the second at about 5 a.m.

“Adult merchandise and magazines were taken from both locations,” said Springfield Police Lt. Kirk Manlove.

Ray was arrested at about 9 a.m. on the 900 block of West Nichols after a foot chase with police, Manlove said.

Ray earned the moniker “sex toy bandit” after several local sex shops experienced similar thefts in January 2008. In those break-ins, Ray used a vehicle or another object to smash out windows to get into the stores.

“He’d always hit two stores a night,” said Marilyn Glessner, owner of Lilith’s Lair.

Ray eventually pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree burglary after breaking into and stealing from Victoria’s Palace, Cosmic Fish and Adam & Eve.

According to a probable cause statement from the 2008 burglaries, Ray said he’d been high on methamphetamine, which caused him to do crazy things involving sex toys and pornography. He called himself “sick in the head.”

Before the 2008 conviction, he’d had convictions for drug offenses.

He was sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections, which included entry into a long-term drug treatment program.

As of Tuesday evening, Ray had not been formally charged in connection with the latest thefts. He was in Greene County jail. Warrants listing crimes of burglary and resisting arrest were noted with his mugshot on the jail website.

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