Brazen home intruder sought in Chester Co.

April 25, 2011 3:35:54 PM PDT
Police are looking for a brazen intruder who was discovered in at least two homes over the weekend in Chester County.

Officers were first called to the 1600 block of Williams Way in East Goshen Township around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. The homeowner told police she saw a light shining under a laundry room door, then saw it open.

A man then emerged from the room, standing just five feet away. Upon being discovered, the man then fled the house without taking anything. Investigators said the man entered the home through an unsecured side entrance.

When the intruder was confronted at the home, he apparently ran across the street, through some yards and ended up one block over on Manley Road where police believe he broke into another house an hour later. The homeowner on Manley Road reported that she was asleep in the first floor bedroom and awoke to a man standing in the hallway in the first floor. When the homeowner called out to the man, he fled from the residence. Nothing was believed to have been taken.

Police say, in both cases, no vehicle was seen leaving the scene, or heard leaving the scene.

The two homes are about a half mile apart and police believe the two incidents are related. A sketch was developed using witness information from one of the crimes.

In addition to the two burglaries, it appears that at least one parked and unlocked vehicle on Williams Way was also entered at another location.

Daytime burglaries, when people are at work, have plagued the suburbs. Night time burglaries when people are home are far riskier and more dangerous for the homeowners. That's why the police are hoping someone will recognize the suspect and help put him behind bars.

Police are urging residents to lock all doors, keep exterior lights on and call 911 immediately if any suspicious activity is observed.

If you have information on these crimes, or can identify a person with a likeness to this sketch, please call the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department at 610-692-5100.