Suspected Burglar in Custody After Spending Hours on Long Beach Rooftop

A suspected burglar was taken into custody after spending several hours on the roof of an apartment complex in Long Beach Friday.

Long Beach police try to get a burglary suspect off of a roof. (Credit: KTLA)

Someone reported a suspicious man on the roof of the building in the 400 block of Rose Avenue about 12:30 a.m., Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Marlene Arrona stated.

Arriving officers attempted to talk the man down from the roof but he refused, according to Arrona.

While on the roof, the man appeared to use a lighter to ignite a piece of paper, which he then extinguished.

Residents were asked to evacuate the apartment building as a precaution, Arrona stated.

Video showed the man had climbed onto a nearby pole at one point as he continued to ignore officers requests to give up.

After several hours on the rooftop, the man was safely taken into custody, Sgt. Brad Johnson confirmed just after 8:30 a.m.

Fourth Street was closed between Walnut and Cherry avenues during the incident.