Suspect in Orem burglaries caught

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OREM -- A string of break-ins in Orem over the weekend appears to have been solved Monday afternoon. Police arrested a man who was found to be in someone else's house.

Police have been on the lookout for a suspect. The common denominator in all of the break-ins was that prescription medications seemed to be all the thief was interested in.

Orem police Sgt. Craig Martinez said, "This started last Friday; we got about four different calls of four break-ins from four different homes. All happened during the day, and the majority of the time, what was taken was medicine, mainly narcotics."

The man was going through neighborhoods. If someone didn't appear to be home, he would look for an unlocked door or break through a back door.

Police got a tip Monday afternoon, just before 1:00, that helped them to make an arrest. They credit a woman who lives in an Orem neighborhood. She saw something suspicious going on and called police, who actually caught 26-year-old Drew Wilson of Orem walking out of the front door of someone else's home.

"We got a call from a citizen who claimed there was a guy walking around knocking on doors, asking for someone named Tony. There's no Tony in the neighborhood, so when he came to her house, she thought it was a little suspicious," Martinez said. "Fortunately for us and her neighbors, she kept her eye on him. She watched him go from house to house knocking on doors, and eventually, at one house, he walked in the back yard. And that's when she decided to call us."

Police are not releasing the suspect's photo. First they want to show other victims and see if they can pull him out of a photo lineup.

Wilson is in the custody of Orem police, facing burglary charges.


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