A Central Islip man is facing felony charges for a string of commercial burglaries, police said Saturday.

John Sheats, 35, was arrested Friday morning by police responding to a burglary alarm at the Madison Steak House, 670 Motor Pkwy. in Hauppauge, Suffolk police said.

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When an officer arrived at about 5 a.m., he saw a man leaving the back of the restaurant with cash, according to police. The officer struggled with the suspect, who managed to run away.

A police dog and helicopter searched the area and found the man hiding in bushes nearby, police said.

Sheats was arrested and charged with seven counts of third-degree burglary, one count of third-degree attempted burglary and resisting arrest, police said.

The burglaries started May 9 with a break-in at a business on Route 112 in Medford. Other charges involved commercial burglaries in Coram, Nesconset, Village of the Branch and Hauppauge, police said.

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Sheats is scheduled to be arraigned Sunday in First District Court in Central Islip.