An Allene Drive resident woke up early Friday morning to find someone inside their home robbing it, according to Hamden Police Lt. Timothy Wydra, and now police are searching for that person.
Police got the report of a burglary in prograss at about 3:30 a.m., Wydra said.
The resident woke up to find a man in the house who ran out when he realized the homeowner saw him, Wydra said.
The suspect is described as a white male in his twenties, with wavy almost shoulder length brown hair parted in the middle, approximately 5'8" to 5'9", with a slender build, Wydra said.
The resident's car also was broken into and items were stolen out of it, Wydra said. No one was injured.
Detectives are also following up on a second motor vehicle break-in on Corbin Road, which is near Allene Drive, Wydra said, and both investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brian Stewart at 203-230-4054.
Motor vehicle break-ins continue to be a problem throughout town, Wydra said, mainly during the overnight hours.
"Based on many of the investigations, it is believed that several different unknown subjects are committing these crimes," he said in a release Friday evening. "It is believed that many of these are not connected with each other."
On July 27, two people were arrested for stealing a car, as well as breaking into several others, on Albert Road, Harrison Drive, and Wintergreen Avenue, he said. It's believed that these incidents involve subjects traveling on bicycles, he said.
Anyone who sees any suspicious activity needs to report it at the moment it occurs, Wydra said, and offered the following tips:
- Lock your car doors. Lock your vehicle at all times. Do not leave garage door openers or house keys in your vehicle.
- Don't leave anything of value in the car: Including: checkbooks, credit cards, palm pilots or electronic items. Always take these personal items into your home when you park for the evening.
- Use safety features if you have them. Examples of these features include activating your car alarm, removing stereo faceplates and putting steering wheel locking devices in place.
- Park in a well-lit area that is visible to others. If your car is broken into, it is important that you report this to the police department. The suspect's fingerprints might be found on your car, or other evidence might be discovered.
- Other measures. If you are a victim, notify the police and make a report. Notify neighbors, neighborhood groups or the business or apartment management. Report suspicious or criminal behavior to Police.
- Secure your residence: Remember to secure all windows and doors with all locking devices including deadbolts.