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* Vacaville Police Looking for Suspect in String of Home Burglaries

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Police in Vacaville are looking for a man suspected in a string of  home burglaries over the past week in the Browns Valley area. On Oct. 17, a homeowner interrupted a man breaking into the house,  police said. Officers arrived to investigate and started talking to neighbors to collect more information. From conversations with other residents, police learned that a man had knocked on doors throughout the neighborhood, trying to see if anybody was home. If nobody answered, the man apparently tried to enter the backyard and get into the house through an unlocked door or window. While officers found open side gates at several homes, police do not think the man entered any other residences that day.  Since then, 14 homes in the Browns Valley area have been burglarized, according to police. Investigators suspect the same man was involved. Residents who saw the man describe him as between 18 and 25 years old, and about 5 feet, 5 inches tall with a thin build.  Police said the man continued the pattern of knocking on doors, then proceeding to the backyard through unlocked side gates. He enters homes through doors or windows, and steals property that is easy to carry and hide on his person, according to police.  The burglaries occurred on several different days in the past week, usually between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., police said. Police have added patrols in the area, and are advising residents to lock doors and windows while asleep or away from home.  Anyone who encounters someone unfamiliar knocking at the door, or sees a suspicious person matching the suspect’s description should call police at (707) 449-5200. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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