ARROYO GRANDE, Calif.- A wanted parolee is caught in an Arroyo Grande neighborhood after authorities say he cut off his GPS tracking device.
It's back to the slammer for parolee Ronald Digirolamo, the 43-year-old transient who deputies say cut off his GPS tracking device, after being released just two weeks ago for a domestic violence charge.
"He removed that electronic monitor and the monitor was recovered in an address in Grover Beach," said Chief Steven Annibali, Arroyo Grande Police Department.
Three days after authorities were notified, Digirolamo's car was spotted in the 200 block of Tallyho Road.
"When the officers went to approach him he fled, they gave chase and at one point the suspect actually climbed a tree and with the help of one of our K9 officers and the officer that also observed him he was taken into custody without incident," explained Annibali.
One neighbor, who did not want to reveal her identity said, "when something like that happens it's kind of a wake up call that this is the real world, you never know who your neighbor is."
While others say GPS devices aren't the answer for monitoring parolees.
"Anybody could probably take one of those things devices off just because he was found on my street probably was coincidental I'm hoping, but the device in general is only as good as the people who are monitoring them," said Jim Vargo, a neighbor.
"Once they remove the electronic monitor the company is notified and police are notified, but still they can remove the electronic monitor," said Annibali.
It's unclear whose house Digirolamo was at and how long he was hiding out there.
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