A sex offender parolee who cut off his ankle GPS device was found after he randomly walked into a man’s house and made himself at home, police said Friday.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department took Gary Bakken’s claim with a grain of salt last week, when he told authorities he thought the home he’d set up in belonged to a relative.
Police say Bakken, 52, walked into an unlocked home in Highland about 6:45 a.m. Saturday and began settling in for an extended stay. Sheriff’s department officials say Bakken arranged his personal belongings in a bedroom and even took a shower.
The problem, however, was that someone else lived there and that person-–described only as an adult male-–was home, according to police.
Bakken is a registered sex offender on parole for failing to register as one. He had been outfitted with a GPS device but cut it off, officials said.
Police didn’t know where he was until he reappeared in Highland. His convictions include violent sex offenses in California and Oregon.
Bakken was arrested on suspicion of being a sex offender out of compliance with his parole and illegally entering a dwelling.