MOUNTAIN VIEW (BCN)
Detectives are searching for a burglary suspect who entered a resident’s Mountain View home after ringing the doorbell, a common method used by thieves, police said.
On Thursday at about 6:40 p.m., a man in the 1000 block of Bryant Avenue who had been sleeping inside his home heard and ignored a ring from his door bell, Mountain View police said.
Soon, the men awoke to find the suspect inside his bedroom, police said.
The suspect, who may have entered from a side garage door, grabbed the resident’s wallet and cell phone and fled on foot, police said.
A silver sedan car parked in front of the home had been driven from the scene by the time officers arrived, police said.
The suspect is described as a black male aged 15 to 25, 5 feet 10 to 6 feet tall with a lean build who wore a dark brown sweater and blue jeans.
Police produced and distributed a color sketch of the suspect.
Burglars frequently ring doorbells to find out if someone is there before breaking in and it is important for residents to show them they are in the home, police said.
In order to avoid thefts while not at home, police said residents should lock all doors and leave the TV or radio on to give the appearance that someone is there, police said.
Mountain View has experienced a higher rate of home burglaries recently as have other cities surrounding it, police said.
Anyone with information about the burglary suspect is urged to contact Mountain View police by calling 911 or (650) 903-6344.
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