BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – Police have arrested a man suspected in dozens of burglaries in Boulder. In many cases people were home and sleeping at the time of the crimes.

The crimes date back to April and police say the suspect also hit homes in the Denver metro area.

After police searched the suspect’s home in Aurora they say they found thousands of items that were stolen and now they’re trying to link the items to their rightful owners.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

“It’s terrifying how bold this man has been,” Barbara Paradiso said back in August.

The Paradisos were one of many families hit by the brazen thief who would break into homes when people were there. Since CBS4 spoke to the family, police arrested Nick Duskin, 31, for more than alleged 40 burglaries.

The burglar left Paradiso’s house with $15,000 worth of jewelry.

After an extensive investigation, police narrowed in on Duskin. His mug shot is not being released.

Two different sketches of the burglar (credit: Boulder Police)

Two different sketches of the burglar (credit: Boulder Police)

Police say the burglaries happened between April and September and terrorized communities.

“We had lots of calls about how people could keep themselves safe. We tried to give them tips about that … not leaving widows open, or putting something in the window so it only opens a certain amount,” Laurie Ogden with the Boulder Police Department said.

Police say Duskin’s method was similar in many cases — cutting and prying screens or using a ladder to get in through a second story window.

The arrest affidavit says that police were able to connect the crimes largely due in part to the suspect’s DNA that was left behind at some of the houses.

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