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Man arrested in string of trespassing incidents in Beverly Hills neighborhood

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (KABC)– Police have arrested a man suspected in a series of recent trespassing incidents in a Beverly Hills neighborhood.

Christopher Turner, 35, was taken into custody outside a home on Laurel Way on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department.

Turner was arrested while detectives were conducting a follow-up investigation, police say.

A woman described as a companion was also arrested.

The arrest comes after several local residents reported seeing the same suspect in recent days.

According to police, the man was apparently living in a vacant garage of a house that was for sale.

In one incident, surveillance video showed the suspect hiding in the bushes of a house while a police cruiser drove past. The man wore camouflage clothing and blended into the bushes.

As soon as the patrol car drives by, the man gets up and walks away, carrying objects in his hand.

Officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Laurel Way near Beverly Drive just before 8am on Sunday in what was initially believed to be a home burglary.

At some point during the investigation, the call was downgraded from a burglary to a trespassing. After a lengthy search with “strong police presence,” no one was arrested, a police statement said.

Officers, with the assistance of the department’s drone and a sheriff’s department helicopter, searched for an unauthorized suspect in the 1000-block area of ​​Laurel Way on Tuesday night, but the suspect was not found, police said.

Turner was detained at the Beverly Hills Police Department facility and faces charges of burglary, police say.

The City News Service contributed to this report.

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