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Recent break-ins target L.B. women home alone

September 17, 2010 12:30:47 AM PDT
Police are urging Long Beach residents to stay alert after three break-ins targeted women who were home alone.Three similar incidents have happened in the past two months near Second Street and Termino Avenue, and Second Street and Bayshore Avenue.

"I'm shocked because this neighborhood is really, really safe, and I always feel very comfortable, in fact, maybe just a little bit too much," said Larisa Stow of Belmont Shore.

The first incident was on July 24, the second on Sept. 4 and the third on Monday.

In the first two incidents, the female victims were home alone when they discovered a male suspect inside their residence. When the victim screamed, the suspects fled without taking anything or attempting a sexual assault.

The suspect was described as a black man in his early 30s, with a stocky or medium build.

In the most recent incident, the victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, between the ages of 30 and 40.

Police said in all three incidents, the prowler got into the homes through an opened window or an unlocked door.

"If you're not paying attention as to what's going on around your doors and windows, and somebody sees that it's open, they see the opportunity to go in," said Officer Israel Ramirez of the Long Beach Police Department.

Residents say it's not uncommon to leave doors and windows unlocked because the neighborhood is generally a safe area.

"We leave doors and windows open all the time," said Sarah Naccarato of Belmont Shore.

The Long Beach Police Department is urging residents to secure windows and doors and install motion-sensor lights if possible. It is also advised to clear brush around homes where people can hide.

Anyone with information on the incidents is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222 TIPS.

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