LOS ANGELES -- Police say they have arrested the so-called "Bel-Air Burglar" who is believed to be behind a multi-million dollar crime wave of more than 150 burglaries in some of the wealthiest Los Angeles neighborhoods.
Troy Corsby Thomas, 45, was arrested Saturday after a three-year investigation. He reportedly told police he had been working as an Auto Broker.
More charges were expected to be filed.
Thomas is one of two suspected leaders of a group authorities dubbed the "Hillside Bandits."
Police say the sophisticated crew robbed homes in the areas of Bel-Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Hills, evading security systems and surveillance cameras on all but one occasion.
"The irony is, living in the hillside isolates you from most of the bad things that happen in L.A. but that isolation gave rise to this crime because the bad guys knew how to find the most isolated people at their most vulnerable moments, when they weren't home," Los Angeles City Councilmember Jack Weiss told KTLA.
"...They took advantage of that and there was very little that anyone could do for years but the LAPD worked this case hard," he added.
Some of the homes targeted belonged to celebrities and other well-known figures like country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, former Paramount chief Sherry Lansing, Duran Duran guitarist John Taylor, and former Los Angeles Clipper Cuttino Mobley, police said.
Investigators say the group stole $500, 000 worth of cash and jewelry from Mobley's house alone.
In all, the alleged burglars took more than $10 million.
Detectives working as part of a special task force say they broke the case after the burglars dumped safes in a canyon and left behind some DNA evidence.
An LAPD official called the group "very smart criminals," when asked why it took so long to make an arrest in the case.
Officials would not say whether any stolen valuables were recovered, but they said their evidence included empty safes found in a canyon.
Police said the investigation was ongoing and that they anticipate more arrests.