A Fourth Cat Burglary Prompts Police to Issue a Second Warning

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climbing-in-window CAT BURGLARIESA fourth incident of a male suspect entering a residence while a woman was home alone has occurred. On Wednesday, September 22, 2010, at approx. 12:30 p.m., a lone woman in her residence in the area of Broadway and Bayshore Avenue discovered a male suspect had entered her residence and fled when she began yelling. It was determined that the suspect had entered the home through an unlocked door.

Three similar incidents have recently occurred, making this the fourth incident in two months. In each case, the suspects gained easy access to residences through open doors or windows of women who were alone at the time. When the victims discovered the suspects and yelled and/or screamed, the suspects fled without taking anything or attempting to sexually assault the victims. The motives for the entries are unknown. The L.B.P.D. continues to urge residents to check their doors/windows regularly, keeping them secured at all times.

The first two cases occurred in the area of 2nd Street and Termino Avenue. The first incident occurred on Saturday, July 24, 2010, at approx. 7:00 p.m. The suspect was described as a male African-American in his late 20’s to early 30’s, approx. 5’6″ tall and with a stocky build. The second incident occurred on Saturday, September 4, 2010, at approx. 3:15 a.m. The suspect was described as a male African-American, approx. 30-years-old and 5’8” tall with a medium build and short hair. Based on the physical description and circumstances of the crime, detectives believe these two incidents may be connected.

The third incident occurred on Monday, September 13, 2010, at approx. 1:30 a.m. in the area of 2nd Street and Bayshore Avenue. The suspect in this case was described as a male Hispanic, 30 to 40 years-old, 5’6″ tall, with a stocky build and brown eyes. In the fourth case, the suspect was described as a male Hispanic, 25 to 30 years-old, 5’8” tall, a stocky build, with a medium complexion and short dark hair. Detectives believe these two incidents may be connected.

The Long Beach Police Department strongly encourages residents to practice the following safety tips:

  • Keep your doors and windows secured at all times
  • Purchase devices for your windows that will allow adequate ventilation without jeopardizing your safety
  • Install security lights with motion sensors outside your home
  • Prevent hiding locations by keeping bushes and shrubbery trimmed
  • Know your escape routes
  • Immediately report any suspicious activity or persons by calling 9-1-1, regardless of how insignificant you may feel it is; let police determine its importance

Anonymous tips may be sent via text message by texting “CRIMES” and beginning your message with the letters LBPD, by visiting LBPD website to submit an Internet web tip, or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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