Sacto 9-1-1
May 9, 2013
Police: Open doors, windows invite nighttime intruders

As the weather warms up, it may be tempting to sleep with windows and doors open, but Sacramento police warn that this is an invitation to intruders.

Burglars look for homes that offer easy, quiet access, and police say they have seen an increase in nighttime burglaries through open windows and doors. They cite three possibly related incidents:

• In the 600 block of Bowles St., someone entered through the unlocked sliding glass door and took personal property from the home while the residents were asleep.

• In the 500 block of Lampasas Avenue, someone entered a lower level apartment about 7 a.m. through an open window and took personal property while the residents slept.

• In the 4300 block of Norwood Avenue, a resident awoke at 1:30 a.m. to find an intruder in his home. The victim and the suspect fought. The intruder then fled and the victim briefly gave chase. The victim was injured but did not require treatment at a hospital, according to a Police Department news release. The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 165 pounds and wearing dark clothing.

Police ask anyone with information pertaining to the burglaries to call the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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