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* Church Intruder in San Leandro Claims to be a Police Officer, Then Flees

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Investigators are looking for an intruder who made his way into a San Leandro church’s living quarters and then claimed to be a police officer after he was confronted early on New Year’s Day.  Around 5:05 a.m., someone at the St. Leander Catholic Church at 550 W. Estudillo Ave. heard noises coming from one of the bedrooms in the living quarters of the church. The person who heard the noises then encountered the suspect, described as a Hispanic male about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 300 pounds and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark shorts, police said.

The suspect told the person he was looking for a friend and that he was a police officer. When the person followed the suspect, he fled out the front door of the building. Police determined that nothing was missing from the church and that there were no signs of forced entry.  Arriving officers searched the area but did not find the intruder. “It appears the suspect was startled by the reporting party while inside the building,” Lt. Jeff Tudor said.  He said police are asking nearby residents and businesses to review footage from their security cameras in hopes of capturing an image of the suspect.

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