LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 30-year-old man who allegedly decided to burglarize homes across the Valley after calling ahead to make sure people weren’t home is behind bars.
Officer Tyler Adams of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Division said the investigation into Aramis Williams began with a burglary back in August.
“It’s common for us to canvas for witnesses or cameras and we just happened to get lucky and check the caller ID on this particular house,” he said.
Suspicious that someone had called four times late at night, investigators got a search warrant for the phone number and obtained call records from the provider.
They found that the victim’s house was called by that number at the date and time of the burglary.
“Anticipating that we might find more victims, we went back through the call records line-by-line and, sure enough, we found a number of other victims,” Adams said.
Investigators traced that number back to Williams on 18 different break-ins all across the Valley.
“Whether or not the suspect forgot to block the call or it was just a glitch in the system, I’m not sure. It worked out,” Adams said.
Adams believes the suspect would choose a neighborhood, then use “Reverse Address” on the White Pages app on his cellphone to get phone numbers.
“It appears that alarms were not a deterrent, and fairly consistently he would only look for cash and jewelry,” Adams said.
After a few weeks, police arrested Williams.
“It’s very gratifying when you can actually piece a case together and make an arrest,” Adams said.