IMPERIAL — The man responsible for burglarizing seven homes in the Sandalwood Glen subdivision here was arrested by police last week and confessed to the crimes.
Ernesto Salcedo Cortez, a Calexico resident who turns 24 Wednesday, was arrested after a tip police officers were following pointed to him, Imperial police Investigator Tim Ramos said.
Over the past month, a burglar now thought to be Cortez sporadically burglarized homes in the subdivision, taking items such as stereo equipment, video games and jewelry while residents slept, Ramos said.
He entered the homes through unsecured or open garage doors, usually between 2 and 5 a.m. on weekends, Ramos said.
Cortez frequented a residence on La Brucherie Road near the subdivision. From that home, he would case the neighborhood on a bicycle, noting at which houses he heard barking dogs and those houses without, Ramos said.