Police say arrest of suspected serial burglar may end Miracle Mile break-ins

The arrest of a 40-year-old suspected serial burglar may put a stop to a string of burglaries in the Miracle Mile and Melrose Village areas of Los Angeles, police said today.

Police arrested Patrick Taylor about 7 p.m. Wednesday as he was leaving his home in the 4500 block of Rodeo Lane, said Los Angeles police spokesperson April Harding.

Detectives later went to Taylor's home and recovered hundreds of items taken from clothing stores, cellular telephone stores, a mattress store and tools and small motors that are believed to be from a motorcycle shop, Harding said.

She said Taylor had been under a lengthy investigation where he was identified as the suspect for at least two and potentially many more commercial burglaries. She said detectives were in the process of itemizing the hundreds of recovered items.

Police asked anyone with information about the string of burglaries to call Wilshire Station detectives at (213) 473-0557.