WESTPORT — A homeless man is facing burglary charges after he was caught in the middle of a car burglary spree, police said.
Westport police responded to a Woodside Avenue residence around 4:30 a.m. Friday on the report of an attempted car burglary.
At the scene, the homeowner told police that he awoke to find a black male rummaging through his car. When the homeowner confronted the suspect, the man fled on foot, running toward Kings Highway North.
After a 15-minute search, police located the suspect in the driveway of a Woodside Avenue residence. Upon seeing police, the man jumped over a fence in the back of the driveway and escaped into the backyard, police said.
A short time later, the suspect was spotted again at the southwest corner of a living complex on Kings Highway North. To escape police, the suspect allegedly hid inside of a common laundry room at the facility and locked the door.
Eventually, police gained entry to the laundry room, where the suspect — 32-year-old Darius McCallop — surrendered himself.
A subsequent search of the area where McCallop was captured revealed a backpack containing stolen materials from multiple vehicles, police said.
Westport detectives say that the investigation into the burglaries and the found property is still ongoing.
McCallop was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree burglary from a motor vehicle, third-degree criminal mischief and interfering with an officer.
While processing McCallop, police also learned that the suspect had an extraditable violation of parole warrant of New York City stemming from a third-degree robbery charge.
McCallop was held on a $25,000 cash bond, and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 23.
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