On May 26 (last Monday), a woman asleep on the sofa in a home in the 2500 block of Monroe Street awoke to find a black male standing over her still-sleeping roommate’s bed watching her as she slept, said NOPD Sgt. Warren Keller the weekly meeting of ranking Second District officers. The woman screamed at the intruder, waking the roommate, and he fled from the residence through the back door, police say.
The suspect stole a bag and women’s underwear from the home, police say, and he is believed to have entered through an unlocked window. Neither woman got a good look at his face, police say.
The second burglary was reported May 30 (last Friday) in the 8700 block of Belfast Street. According to police, a woman heard a loud noise while sleeping and found two unknown men in her home stealing some of her belongings.
The two suspects fled through a back door of the home after the woman tried to stop them. An iPhone, a Mac computer, and a 14-carot gold chain were reported stolen from the residence.
One of suspects had rung the doorbell of the woman’s residence earlier that night and looked in her window, but left after she did not answer.
According the police, the woman reported that she recognized one of the suspects from the neighborhood as a black man in his late teens, who is over 6 feet tall with shoulder-length dread locks.
In the Belfast case, the two suspects are also believed to have entered the home through an unlocked back door.
As both investigations continue, Second District Commander Paul Noel said the cases highlight the need for residents to always keep their doors and windows locked.
“We constantly ask the public to meet us halfway by locking and securing their property,” Noel said at the Second District meeting. “It’s important that people lock and secure and keep themselves safe as well.”