A man who'd been living under the back porch of a Clifton home was caught breaking into cars in the area before dawn Friday, police said.
A passerby notified police, who began searching the Lexington Avenue neighborhood around 1:30 a.m., Detective Lt. Robert Bracken said.
Officers eventually found Omar Torres, 40, hiding beneath a backyard porch, he said.
Torres had been living there undetected "for quite some time," Bracken said.
He was processed on charges of possession of burglary tools, crystal meth and drug paraphernalia and released pending a hearing.
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