A homeowner seeing a burglar on his surveillance camera led to a lengthy barricade and the eventual arrest of a 26-year-old Baltimore man, Baltimore County Police said.
A homeowner in the 900 block of Renfrew Street in Essex received a “person detected” mobile alert from an interior surveillance camera when he was not home, Baltimore County Police said. He tuned into the camera’s live feed to see a suspect walking around the inside of the house, at which point the homeowner called 911, dispatching police at about 12:55 p.m. Thursday.
Responding officers surrounded the home and attempted to confront the suspect as he tried to escape through a window, ultimately causing him to retreat back into the house. A barricade situation was initiated, summoning additional resources to the scene. Attempts to communicate with the burglar were unsuccessful. At about 10 p.m., police entered the home and found the suspect hiding in the attic, arresting him there.
The suspect was identified as 26-year-old Devante James Riley, of the 1700 block of McKean Avenue in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. He was charged with first- and fourth-degree burglary. He was also served a warrant for arrest on first-, third-, and fourth-degree burglary in a different Baltimore County case.
Riley is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.