A Norwalk man whom police said was looking to trade an item for drugs, and was convicted of a similar crime three years ago, allegedly fled from a Cortland Street residence early Friday with a laptop. He was arrested about eight minutes after the call came in, after the victim provided a description of the suspect.
The incident happened before 8 a.m. Friday.
"The resident gave us a really, really detailed description of him," Norwalk Police Capt. Eric Hipp said.
Ian Poland, 23, of 39 Jefferson St., was arrested on a burglary charge, a second-degree felony. Hipp said about three years ago, Poland was arrested on suspicion of committing a similar crime, convicted and served three years in prison.
Two to three minutes after the call Friday, an officer was checking the area and spotted the suspect cutting through backyards, Hipp said.
The officer located him minutes later in the basement of the "A" building of a Newton Street apartment complex. He allegedly admitted to his involvement in the entry of the residence and the theft of a laptop computer from the residence. He was taken to the Huron County Jail to await a bond hearing. The laptop computer was located and recovered.
Hipp said a lot of these types of cases "appear to be drug-related." Hipp said Poland, who was cooperative during the arrest, indicated he was "looking for something to trade to buy drugs."