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S.F. police arrest ‘prolific’ burglar suspect

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Is there a doctor in the house? Or is it a burglar?

San Francisco police have arrested a man suspected of being a "prolific" burglar, who wore a "duty belt with a variety of tools that even included a stethoscope to listen for activity in another room if residents were present," police said Thursday.

Roman Jarvis, 39, was arrested May 29 after an investigation into nine criminal incidents that dated back until December 2012, all of which took place in San Francisco, police said.

In what police say was one of Jarvis' most brazen burglaries; the suspect reportedly broke into a Twin Peaks-area home some time around Feb. 23 or 24, where he stole several valuables, including a Mercedes Benz. Jarvis allegedly returned to this residence the following day - while the residents were still home - and pilfered additional valuables.

Police are trying to determine if Jarvis acted alone in the burglaries and are also looking into any other additional criminal activity.

Jarvis remains in custody and was charged June 10 with 15 felony charges and two misdemeanor counts including, burglary, stolen autos, possession of stolen property and burglary tools, police said.

Anyone with further information on the suspect is encouraged to call Lt. Alex O'Brien of the department's criminal investigations unit at (415) 553-1184.