Search is on for suspect in burglary attempt

By: CHRISTOPHER RUVO Bucks County Courier Times

A K-9 unit combed a Warwick neighborhood in search of a would-be burglar Wednesday, but the suspect eluded arrest.

Still, the failed break-in bears similarities to another attempted burglary earlier this month, and while police can't say for sure if both jobs are the work of the same person, they note similarities between the incidents are striking. They are asking residents to lock doors and be on alert.

"The events are similar in many ways. They're happening the same time of day. They occurred only about a mile apart," said Warwick Lt. Mark Goldberg.

The suspect abandoned both break-in attempts after being spotted by children who were home at the time. No evidence suggests the suspect was targeting the homes specifically because children were present, said police.

Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, someone crept up to the rear sliding glass door of a home on the 1900 block of Brook Lane in the Orchard Valley development.

The door was locked, but the resident heard the suspect trying to slide it open, and a 2-year-old child saw the suspect, who ran from the property, said authorities.

A police dog tracked the suspect's trail for a time, but lost the scent around a drainage swale on Pheasant Run Drive, police said.

The child was the only one who saw the burglar, who was described as a male wearing a white shirt.

In the other incident, a 12-year-old boy thwarted a person's attempt to break into a home on the 1400 block of Marielle Drive around 11:15 a.m. Sept. 4, police said.

Again, the person slunk up to a rear sliding door and tried to enter. The boy saw the man, who, realizing he'd been spotted, ran away. Dogs tried to track him but could not detect a trail.

September 24, 2009

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