Woman scares away burglar from Stamford home

STAMFORD -- A Stamford woman emerged from her shower Tuesday morning to find a man brandishing a knife and burglarizing her home, police said.

The man, wearing a bandanna over his face and carrying a kitchen knife, broke into the first floor apartment of a multi-family home on Frederick Street at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Sean Cooney, Stamford police spokesman.

The man fled immediately after he was spotted by the resident, who had just finished showering, and made no threatening gestures before leaving, Cooney said.

The burglar likely entered the home through a screen door at the rear of the house, he said.

Officers responded and searched the area unsuccessfully, he said. Police were unable to borrow a search dog from a neighboring department to track the man's scent, but crime scene unit investigators responded in hopes of securing physical evidence at the scene, he said.

"At this point the man remains at large," Cooney said.

The burglar is described as a black male in his early 20s, about 5-foot 7-inches tall, with a thin build, wearing blue jeans, a sweatshirt and a bandanna or scarf over his face, Cooney said.

Anyone with information is urged to call the police department's Crimes Against Persons Unit at 203-977-4417.

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