A parolee whom several residents reported seeing inside their homes was arrested Tuesday morning after police shut down the neighborhood and used police dogs and a helicopter to find him.
Parolee Calese Crowder, 24, lived in the same neighborhood, which police said he terrorized for days by breaking into homes.
“This guy was living amongst his victims,” Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. “He appears to feel safe staying close to home.”
Police scoured the 1100 blocks of Irving and Allen avenues for about three hours as officers searched for the man, who had entered a home that morning.
A police dog found Crowder about 9:50 a.m. hiding in an apartment building’s subterranean parking garage on Allen Avenue. Police kept him underground as victims and witnesses were brought around to help identify him.
“We don’t know what his motives were,” Lorenz said, adding that Crowder was cooperating with police.
At least five incidents have been reported to police since Saturday in which residents allege Crowder entered their homes while they were sleeping. Each time, he was scared off when they woke up, Lorenz said.