MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The South Miami Police Department announced Wednesday the arrest of a suspected serial burglar they say took off running during a traffic stop and then took refuge in an unoccupied residence.

Police said Damian Kelly, 24, was inside a vehicle that was stopped by police on Tuesday in South Miami when he took off running.

Authorities say Kelly was wanted for questioning in connection to several burglaries in the area, according to police.

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Kelly was subsequently arrested after breaking into an unoccupied residence in the area. He was nabbed with the help of Miami-Dade Police K-9 units.

He was transported to the South Miami Police station where detectives interviewed him.

Kelly had been wanted by police for more than a year.

He is accused of taking credit cards, passports, and valuables from homes in the area.

Damain Kelly (South Miami Police Departmnet, Courtesy)

Kelly was arrested for two different burglaries, police said.

Police said they are investigating other burglaries he is suspected of committing.

Anyone with information who may have more information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-8477 or (305) 471-TIPS.

CBSMiami.com Team