The burglary case wasn’t that unusual, until police found the suspect in a treehouse.
A home in Ganesha Hills, Calif., had been broken into April 18, with items taken from the residence and garage, according to a statement Thursday by the Pomona Police Department. The victim said he recognized the suspect.
On May 21, around 9 p.m., police received a tip that a man, later identified as the suspect, was living in “a very well built and modern tree house” in the neighborhood, the release said.
Now, they had to find the treehouse in the dark.
With an assist from a helicopter equipped with a FLIR heat-sensing system, as well as a K-9 unit, Pomona police said they were able to pinpoint a heat source in the heavy brush and trees.
Police found the treehouse and its inhabitant, who was arrested without incident. He was identified as 56-year-old Mark Duda of Pomona.
The police statement said that Duda’s unusual dwelling was equipped with “a fire pit, barbecue, and lighting.” Photos posted by the Pomona police department from inside the treehouse show a sweeping view of the nearby community and impressive mountains in the distance.
Duda was charged with burglary, according to the police department statement, and his case has been referred to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. He is being held on $70,000 bail and will next appear in court in June, sheriff’s inmate records show.