HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A man was arrested on burglary and theft charges after tactical teams spent seven hours at a home on Cornelius Pass Road Friday.
Police were initially called to check a man reported on the roof of a home in the 2900 block of Cornelius Pass Road just after 1:30 p.m., said Hillsboro Police Lt. Mike Rouches.
A caller reported people inside the home saw a man's leg come down through the ceiling. The tactical operations teams was called out because investigators at the scene found an open gun case in the house and believed the burglar could be armed with the homeowner's firearms.
After a seven hour operation utilizing tears gas and a robot, they found no one inside the four-plex.
Then, shortly before midnight, Hillsboro and Washington County officers arrested suspect Kevin Toler, 22, at a home in Cornelius. Rouches said he believes Toler was in the four-plex but escaped before police surrounded it.
Neighbors were shocked by the police activity, which closed down Cornelius Pass Road for several hours Friday afternoon.
It happened in my neighborhood which is a surprise because of the kind of neighborhood we're in, said Tony Magawa.
Toler was taken to the Washington County Jail on first-degree burglary and theft charges.