Fairfield police have arrested a transient on suspicion of committing a hot-prowl residential burglary Tuesday morning and are investigating whether he was involved in similar crimes in the city.Lt. Al Bagos said the suspect, 44-year-old Johnny Harris, is suspected of at least one other hot-prowl residential burglary in Fairfield. A hot-prowl burglary is one in which the resident is home at the time of the crime.Bagos said there have been 30 hot-prowl burglaries in the city since May and police created a 12-officer task force two weeks ago in response to the increase.Bagos said the task force learned through news accounts that Harris was a suspect in more than 20 hot-prowl burglaries in Vallejo and was arrested for one of them. Harris, however, was convicted only of prowling in that case, Bagos said.Fairfield police used one or two other leads to identify Harris as a suspect in the Fairfield hot-prowl burglaries, Bagos said.The task force’s surveillance teams got a break in the investigation of the Fairfield burglaries when a the security camera of a business near a motel on Holiday Lane recorded a man accessing the motel through a hole in a fence from the Octo Soccer Field, Bagos said.Police questioned the motel desk clerk and learned that a woman named Lovie Jackson was registered in the motel, Bagos said. Jackson is Harris’ girlfriend and detectives learned through interviews that Harris also was staying at the motel, Bagos said.Surveillance teams then watched Harris for several days and saw him leave the motel around 2 a.m. Tuesday, Bagos said.Harris was followed to a residential area where he allegedly climbed over several fences. Police lost track of him until he returned to the motel where he was detained, Bagos said.During this time, a hot-prowl burglary was reported in the 1400 block of Ticonderoga Drive, Bagos said.Police got a warrant to search Harris’ motel room and found electronics and other property taken during that burglary, Bagos said. Jackson, 35, was arrested in the motel room for possession of stolen property and Harris was arrested on that charge and for burglary, Bagos said.Detectives are contacting other burglary victims in the city to see if they can identify the property found in the motel room, Bagos said. Harris is also suspected of burglarizing a residence on Dorland Drive about two weeks ago, Bagos said.Jackson and Harris are Fairfield residents who have been living in motels for the past few months, Bagos said.
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