Santa Rosa police said a Stockton man is suspected of carrying out at least some, if not the bulk, of the burglaries that have plagued Santa Rosa's Oakmont community since February.
Anthony Warrender Gladius, 32, has been in custody at the San Joaquin County Jail since his Oct. 4 arrest in Lodi on suspicion of auto theft and other charges, jail records show.
Santa Rosa detectives filed a warrant at the jail south of Stockton for Gladius' arrest on suspicion of burglary, having stolen property, hit-and-run property damage and threatening a person with a crow bar, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Mike Lazzarini said.
Fingerprints on discarded magazines at the site of a Sept. 12 burglary initially suggested Gladius was involved in the crime, Lazzarini said.
Detectives have since learned that his grandparents lived on Mockingbird Circle in Oakmont until they died several years ago, Lazzarini said.
Officers are still investigating what other connections he may have to Sonoma County, as it appears he has been in the area at various times for months.
"He's coming out here for some reason, and we haven't identified what it is yet," Lazzarini said.
More than a dozen homes have been burglarized since February at the retirement community in east Santa Rosa, Lazzarini said.
The break-ins and thefts put residents on high alert, prompting heated debate over whether to install surveillance cameras at the community's two entrances off Highway 12.
Oakmont Village Association board members approved putting cameras at its Oakmont Drive and Pythian Road egresses at a September meeting.