SCARBOROUGH – Police in Scarborough are seeking the public’s help to find the person who burglarized three homes and a vehicle this morning in a secluded neighborhood off Old Blue Point Road.

The first call came in at 6:12 a.m. from a female resident of Foxwell Drive, who reported seeing a young man trying to get into a shed on her property.

The burglar was described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, appearing to be between the ages of 16 and 19. He was wearing black shorts, a gray sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head, and sneakers.

When the woman yelled from her home that she was going to call the cops, the invader ran off, but took his time doing so.

“Apparently, he had the lock off the door and actually took the time to replace the latch and put the lock back on,” said police department spokesman Detective Sgt. Rick Rouse. “The whole thing just screams at being strange. Here it is, early morning in a residential neighborhood when people are up and about, out walking their dogs and whatnot, and here this guy is trying to break into things when it’s light out.”

During a search of the area with a K-9 patrol dog, police found evidence of two other burglaries on Foxwell and one on nearby Ryefield Drive. In the latter instance, the sunrise bandit made off with a Stihl chainsaw, a Craftsman leaf blower and a weed whacker. From a shed on Foxwell Drive, the thief took a green chop saw and an assortment of trimmer accessories. The vehicle on Foxwell was deprived of its GPS unit. The vehicle, as well as the latter two sheds, were unlocked at the time, said Rouse.

All of the items except for the chainsaw, valued at $400, were located stashed under bushes near the Ryefield Drive burglary.

Police are asking that anyone who spotted the suspect, or who may have seen any other suspicious activity in the area this morning, call the detective bureau at 883-6361.

“Also as a reminder, please always keep your vehicle and property locked and secured,” the police department advised on its Facebook page, following the incidents. “Unlocked vehicles, garages, sheds, and homes are often the target of thieves looking for an easy steal.”

Meanwhile, Scarborough Police also are investigating a Tuesday-morning incident that may spell the return of the kickboxing burglar.

On the afternoon of Sunday, June 23, three homes were broken into within three hours of each other, on Holmes Road, Burnham Road and Two Rod Road. In each case, police say, the burglar “kicked down” a rear door to gain entry into the home. A Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun valued at $700 was taken from the Holmes Road address, along with $2,400 in cash. However, the burglar was in for a surprise when he applied his boot to the residence on Two Rod Road, shortly after 3 p.m. because, in this case, the owner happened to be home at the time.

According to Rouse, police have come up short on nailing down a suspect. A person matching the description given by the Two Rod Road homeowner – a white male in his late teens or early 20s, about 6 feet tall, with a thin build and short, dark brown hair – knocked on the door of a Payne Road address shortly after the trio of burglaries and asked to use the telephone. That young man, who “acted very nervous,” called for a ride and was picked up by a person driving a green Toyota Corolla. Believing the incidents to be related, police have been on the lookout for the Corolla, but have so far come up short, said Rouse.

Then, on Tuesday morning, a Honeywell Road resident returned home at 11:45 a.m. to find that his rear door had been kicked in. In addition to the method of entry, the burglary resembled the June 23 heists in that only small items that could be easily stashed into a pocket were taken. In this case, the missing items included a man’s wedding ring valued at $500, a knife taken from a desk drawer, and a small cache of coins.

Carr was put to work on this burglary as well, and, a short way from the home, was able to locate a small, blue drawstring bag containing the coins, where it had fallen, or been dropped, on the ground.

Rouse said it’s uncertain at this time if this morning’s shed and vehicle burglaries are related to the other recent break-ins.


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