VANCOUVER – A burglar believed responsible for hitting as many as 11 homes has been arrested, police told KGW Wednesday morning.
Police said 31-year-old David Popplewell was spotted by a citizen who was witnessing him commit a burglary.
A K-9 dog was a part of the arrest that started in the 3400 block of Columbia Street. Popplewell was caught after a short foot chase in the backyard of a home in the 2100 block of Washington Street. He had property on him reported stolen earlier in the morning, police said.
Popplewell had earlier struck several homes while residents were asleep, police said.
Victim Toma Amendolara was awakened at 4:30 a.m., Wednesday when the suspected burglar smashed a window at his home, reached inside and stole a laptop computer.
"Our kids are kind of scared," Amendolara told KGW later that morning. "As for the older two, who are seven and five, we just kind of said, 'He did get caught.' I don't know, we are still figuring out how we are going to explain it."
Amendolara alerted police by calling 9-1-1 and officers were able to get to the neighborhood fast to catch the crook.
Investigators said the serial burglar's crimes all occurred within a 10-block radius and in the span of just one month. They said he entered the homes through unlocked windows and doors, then stole things like laptops and purses.
Wednesday's burglary was the first time the suspect smashed a window to get in.
KGW reporter Ashley Korslein contributed to this report.