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Burglary suspect found living in ‘modern’ treehouse

May 25, 2019
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This Wednesday, May 22, 2019, photo released by the Pomona Police Department shows a treehouse in Pomona, Calif. Police pursuing a burglary suspect in a Southern California suburb found him living in an elaborate treehouse hidden on a hillside. The Pomona Police Department said a tipster reported Tuesday night that someone was living in the treehouse. Officers in a helicopter used heat-sensing equipment to locate 56-year-old Mark Duda in what police described as "a very well built and modern" tree house. It was equipped with a fire pit and barbecue and had a sweeping view of the mountains in the distance. (Pomona Police Department via AP)
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This Wednesday, May 22, 2019, photo released by the Pomona Police Department shows a treehouse in Pomona, Calif. Police pursuing a burglary suspect in a Southern California suburb found him living in an elaborate treehouse hidden on a hillside. The Pomona Police Department said a tipster reported Tuesday night that someone was living in the treehouse. Officers in a helicopter used heat-sensing equipment to locate 56-year-old Mark Duda in what police described as "a very well built and modern" tree house. It was equipped with a fire pit and barbecue and had a sweeping view of the mountains in the distance. (Pomona Police Department via AP)

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Police pursuing a burglary suspect in a Southern California suburb found him living in an elaborate treehouse hidden on a hillside.

The Pomona Police Department said a tipster reported Tuesday night that someone was living in the treehouse. Officers in a helicopter used heat-sensing equipment to locate 56-year-old Mark Duda in what police described as “a very well built and modern” tree house.

Duda climbed down the tree and was arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a house last month. Lt. Marcus Perez said he believes Duda built the treehouse and was living in it after being released on parole for a previous burglary case.

Police said the treehouse was equipped with a fire pit, barbecue and lighting. It also looked out to the mountains in the distance.

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