Police investigating a report of a suspicious person in a Melville Avenue backyard around 2 a.m. Tuesday led to the arrest of Robert Ford Jr., 38, of Bridgeport on burglary charges.

When the Melville Avenue resident spotted Ford in his backyard and knocked on the window to get his attention, Ford fled on foot, but quickly was spotted by Officer Keith Perham walking on Melville Avenue. Ford was carrying a black backpack that the officer suspected contained stolen items, according to the report.

The neighborhood has seen a recent rash of car burglaries. In the backpack were items police said are usually taken in motor vehicle break-ins, including a GPS unit, a cell phone, a large amount of loose change, a wallet and cigarettes.

When questioned, Ford admitted to taking the items from several vehicles in the Melville Avenue area, according to the report. Police were able to determine the owner of the cell phone, and learned the phone had been taken from a car parked in a garage.

Ford, who lives on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, was charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, larceny by possession, fifth-degree larceny and sixth-degree larceny.

He was held on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Aug. 15 in Bridgeport Superior Court.