EASTERN SHORE, Ala. (WPMI) — A serial burglary suspect is behind bars after police said he was found targeting a Spanish Fort neighborhood Thursday morning.
Fairhope Police have been looking for Jose Rosado-Ortiz, 39, in connection with at least 2 home burglaries in Point Clear.
Exclusive video shot by NBC 15 shows the moments Ortiz was handed over to Fairhope Police.
The situation that led to his arrest began just after 10 a.m. on Thursday when investigators say residents in the Spanish Fort Estates community reported a suspicious man.
According to investigators, Ortiz was walking through yards and around homes near General Canby Drive.
Jon Ashworth lives just down the road.
"I noticed one of the Spanish Fort Police vehicles parked on the street. I figured they were running radar because it's a slow zone and it's a neighborhood," said Ashworth.
Ashworth didn't know at the time that his neighborhood was being targeted by an alleged serial burglar.
Spanish Fort Police Chief David Edgar said his officers responded and spotted Ortiz.
"When he saw the patrol car pull up, he ran around the back of a house and into some bushes. An officer goes around the back of the house and he takes off running back toward the front. They were then able to take him into custody," Chief Edgar said.
Fairhope Police released doorbell camera video earlier this week in hopes of identifying Ortiz in connection with burglaries in the Point Clear area, including one on Polo Ridge Boulevard.
Investigators say Ortiz would go door to door with equipment and claim to be a landscaper.
If someone was home, authorities said Ortiz would claim it was the wrong address and move on. If no one was home, he’d try to break in.
"When the officers saw him, I think they recognized him from the photos and knew that Fairhope was looking for him," said Chief Edgar.
Chief Edgar says officers also located the dark colored truck Ortiz was driving. He said it doesn't appear any homes were burglarized in the Spanish Fort Estates area.
Ashworth credits the quick work of Spanish Fort Police.
“You never know when it’s going to happen. The fact they were on him and got him so quick, makes me happy,” Ashworth said.
Ortiz also has a lengthy history of burglary arrests in Mobile, where he lives. He's currently charged with 2 counts of burglary in Fairhope. He will be transported to the Baldwin County jail.
More burglaries are under investigation and Ortiz could face additional charges in the future.