Daytime burglar striking Phila. suburbs

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - September 10, 2010

This thug strikes during the day, and isn't shy about using force.

Fran, a burglary victim who didn't want her full identity disclosed, was at work early Wednesday afternoon when someone came to her South Woodridge Dr. home in Doylestown Twp. and kicked open her front door.

"They busted the doorframe and kicked it open. They went upstairs, they emptied all my drawers onto the bed just looking for money or jewelry," Fran said.

Fran's house is one of a string of at least seven daylight robberies in the last week or so. Thieves have hit homes in Warrington, Horsham, Doylestown, Montgomery Twp. and East Rockhill. Police believe they could be connected.

"In most cases it's probably being done to unload whatever they steal so they can trade it for drugs or buy drugs. And if somebody's on drugs the danger is they could overreact if they find somebody in the home," said Chief Stephen White of the Doylestown Township Police.

So far that hasn't happened. But the idea that such a brazen burglar is out there is unnerving to Fran's neighbor, new mom Carrie Lapsley.

"It's definitely scary especially because I'm home during the day, so it's definitely scary to think something like that can happen," she said.

The suspect has been described only as a white male in his 20s with a goatee and a gray SUV-type vehicle.

Police are telling residents who have alarms to arm them and to call police if they see anyone suspicious in their neighborhood.

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