Three Similar Cat Burglaries LBPD Advises Residents To Secure Doors & Windows

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climbing-in-window CAT BURGLARIESAfter three similar incidents over the past two months where suspects gained easy access to residences through open doors or windows of women who were alone at the time, the Long Beach Police Department is reminding residents to always keep their doors and windows secured, at all times.

During each of the incidents, the victims were home alone when they discovered a male suspect inside their residence. The suspects fled the location without taking anything or attempting to sexually assault the victims.

The first two cases occurred in the area of 2nd Street and Termino Avenue. The first incident occurred on Saturday, July 24, 2010, at approximately 7:00 p.m. The suspect was described as a male African-American in his late 20’s to early 30’s, approximately 5’6″ tall and with a stocky build. The second incident occurred on Saturday, September 4, 2010, at approximately 3:15 a.m. The suspect was described as a male African-American, approximately 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 approximately 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 all three cases, the suspect fled when the victim began to yell and/or scream, and the motives for the entries are unknown.

Residents are strongly encouraged 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

Anyone who may have any information regarding these incidents should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-TIPS (8477) or visit the Crime Stoppers website.

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