The man, who sources said drove a dark Chrysler Pacifica, was picked up last week, after his car was spotted by police in Forest Hills, sources said.
The officers watched the suspect casing a house and later followed him as he drove to another part of Queens, where he broke into another home and was later arrested, sources said.
The bust comes on the heels of several burglary patterns in the neighborhood this year.
The suspect, whose name was not immediately available, singled out a small area around Metropolitan Avenue, breaking into several homes during the past two months, sources said.
It was not clear if he was working alone, but the NYPD was looking for accomplices at one point, according to the sources.
According to the sources, the burglar usually entered and exited through windows and most of the break-ins occurred in the evening.
The most recent break-in in the Forest Hills area occurred on Sept. 16 when a home on Alderton Street, between Metropolitan Avenue and Yellowstone Boulevard, was burglarized about 12:30 p.m. while the owner was out shopping, cops said.
When she returned home, she noticed that the rear kitchen window had been opened and a wooden box had been placed outside the window, police said.
The burglar took an iPad, laptop, Sony camera, iPod and at least two pairs of sunglasses, one Prada and the other Gucci, cops said.