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Burglar Flees After Being Confronted by Elderly Resident in Belmont

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Police are attempting to locate a burglar who fled from a Belmont home this morning after an elderly resident confronted him. Around 9:30 a.m., an 86-year-old woman living in a house in the 1400 block of Sixth Avenue went to answer her doorbell and found no one there, police said. Hearing noise coming from her basement moments later, she went down to investigate and found an unknown man standing in the stairway.

When the woman confronted the suspect, he ran back down the stairs and out the back of the house to an alleyway between Fifth and Sixth avenues, according to police. The woman was unharmed and nothing appears to have been stolen from the house. Police said the suspect is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s who is roughly 5 feet 8 inches tall with a stocky build and a mustache. He was last seen wearing a black jacket.

Belmont police Chief Dan DeSmidt said the incident is similar to other burglaries reported throughout the Peninsula area in recent months. “The suspects will go to the front door to see if anyone is home and when they don’t get an answer, they go around to the side or rear and force entry, as was done in this case,” DeSmidt said. Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity immediately and to take steps to secure their homes.

Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or CLICK HERE to send a confidential email tip, if you have any information that can help solve this crime.

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