Burglary Suspect Found Living in Elaborate Tree House Overlooking Pomona Neighborhood – NBC Southern California

Burglary Suspect Found Living in Elaborate Tree House Overlooking Pomona Neighborhood - NBC Southern California

Man living in modern treehouse arrested on suspicion of burglary, cops say

Can someone accused of a crime be placed under "treehouse" arrest? California cops may soon find out.

A man living in a “well-disguised” California treehouse — built so solidly even cops complimented it – is accused of stealing several items from a nearby house and garage last month, police said Thursday.

Mark Robert Duda, 56, of Pomona, was living in what officials described as a “well-built and modern treehouse” when police arrested him on suspicion of burglary. Police said Duda broke into a Ganesha Hills home and stole multiple items April 18.

Tree-dwelling burglary suspect arrested in Pomonas Ganesha Hills

The home's actual residents said they got a quick glance at the burglar and told police the man looked familiar, according to KTLA. A police helicopter and a K-9 were used to track the man down.

“The treehouse contained many essentials, such as a fire pit, barbecue, and lighting,” police said.

The treehouse also came with a picturesque view featuring the San Gabriel Mountains and the National Hot Rod Assn.’s museum, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Duda was arrested on suspicion of burglary. He was being held on $50,000 bail pending a court hearing, according to KTLA.

POMONA (CNS) – A 56-year-old man who lived in a tree house in Pomona's Ganesha Hills area has been arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a neighborhood home, police said Thursday.

Mark Duda was arrested Tuesday, according to the Pomona Police Department. A resident had reported on April 18 that he recognized Duda when he saw him leaving his residence with items from his home and garage, police said.

About 9 p.m. Tuesday, officers learned "that someone was living and hanging out in a very well-built and modern tree house in Ganesha Hills," according to a police statement. "The information was that the tree house was well-disguised in the hills just off McKinley Avenue."

The police department's air and K-9 units were deployed. The helicopter's heat-sensing FLIR system detected something in the heavy brush and trees in the area where officers were searching and a short time later, they found the tree house, which was "hidden deep into the hillside," police said.

"Numerous verbal commands were given and the suspect eventually climbed down…" and was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary, police said.


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