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Police are looking for a man suspected of committing four residential burglaries in the same Sausalito neighborhood this week. A Woodward Avenue resident first spotted the suspect on her deck shortly before 7 a.m. on Friday, police said. After a brief conversation with the resident, the suspect quickly left the area, police said. Police were unable to locate the man in an extensive search.
The man was described as an unkempt white man, about 20 years old, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, cut-off pants and combat boots that morning. Since then, the man has been linked to four residential burglaries and one case of prowling in the area of Woodward Avenue and Laurel Lane, police said. In four of the five cases, the residents were at home when the crimes were committed. Police believe the man walked along the wooded hillside above Woodward Avenue looking for open doors to commit the burglaries.
In three of the burglaries, the suspect entered through an unlocked door while residents were home. In the fourth case, the suspect forced entry into an unoccupied residence, police said. All the crimes were committed between midnight and 7 a.m., police said. In total an estimated $65,000 worth of property has been stolen.
Police are recommending that residents keep their doors and windows locked. In case a burglar enters while residents are home, police recommend that residents lock themselves in a room and call police to avoid a confrontation. Residents with children should gather family members and stay in the same location until police arrive, police said.
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