LAWRENCE, Ind. (WISH) - Police in Lawrence are stepping up patrols and urging homeownersto increase awareness after two home break-ins. Both incidentshappened in the middle of the day last Thursday and Friday in theFox Pointe and Geist Valley subdivisions in Lawrence.
Investigators said the man is not able to steal anything becausehe's being caught in the act.
"The victims were home when they heard someone knocking at theirfront door," said Sgt. Tom Ashcraft with the Lawrence PoliceDepartment. "(The residents) in both of these locations and chosenot to answer and be bothered by who's at the front door."
Police said five minutes later the person returned, breakingin through the victim's back door.
In the Fox Pointe subdivision, the homeowner told police sheheard a loud crash at her back patio door. When she went to checkit out, she said she confronted a man in her home.
Several neighbors said they are concerned and are taking stepsto insure they are safe.
One person, who did not want to be identified, said, "I'm goingto start carrying my cell phone and turning on the alarm while inthe house."
At Geist Valley Estates, the homeowner was upstairs in herbedroom when she heard a loud crash. Police said she went to checkit out and found a man standing outside her bedroom.
The victim's husband described how the man broke in.
"He kicked this door and had to enter through two other doors toget inside," he said. "My wife was upstairs and confronted him andshe told him to get out and she called police."
Lawrence police said homeowners can take steps to protectthemselves by turning on their alarms. Police said they haveincreased patrols in these neighborhoods.
"One of the most important things is neighbors knowingneighbors, neighbors taking care of one another. Do you really knowwho's in your neighborhood? Do you know who your neighbors are?"Sgt. Ashcraft asked.
The suspect in both cases is described as a white male, about25-year-old with a clean cut and a medium build. He was last seengetting into a tan, four-door SUV.
Anyone with information is asked to call Lawrence police at317-549-6414.
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