Man suspected of break-ins near Alabama campus arrested Wednesday

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A man suspected of breaking into at least one home near the University of Alabama and trespassing onto the property of other homes was arrested and charged Wednesday with criminal surveillance and first-degree burglary.

Tobias Keonte Horton, 22, was arrested in the wake of an intensive investigation launched after suspicious activity was reported in the area on Monday and Tuesday mornings.

On Monday, a woman told police she returned to her home in the 1000 block of 13th Street and greeted Horton as he walked out of her front door. She called police after confirming he was not a guest of her roommates or there to perform maintenance work.

Investigators said they believe the woman interrupted Horton’s attempt to take their television.

On Tuesday, a woman reported that she opened the blinds to her bedroom in the Meador Drive/Wesley Place area and saw a man looking into her window.

A witness told police she saw a man matching the same description walking through the back and side yards of residences.

Officers identified Horton from video provided by residential surveillance cameras.

A patrol officer spent Wednesday morning locating Horton while investigators with the Criminal Investigations Division’s burglary unit worked to obtain warrants. He was taken into custody late Wednesday morning and charged with criminal surveillance, which is a misdemeanor, and third-degree burglary.

Officers said they believe Horton wore an orange vest as he walked through neighborhoods in an attempt to look like a member of a work crew with a legitimate purpose to be on their property.

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