MODESTO — Modesto Police Department detectives are warning residents of a serial cat burglar committing burglaries while victims are home.
In three recent burglaries, victims have reported waking up to find an unknown man in their home. The victims have described the person as a black male, about 40 years old, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, 160 to 180 pounds with black hair. No weapons were seen and no threats were made toward the victims. It appears the man entered the three residences through unsecured windows. Detectives are encouraging people to be vigilant in their neighborhoods. Get to know your neighbors, watch out for one another and report suspicious activity to police, police spokeswoman Heather Graves said in a news release. People also can lessen their chances of being victims by taking these steps to better secure their homes:
• Lock all doors and windows. Not just when you leave for the day, but also at night or when you leave a room.
• Set your alarm. If you have a house alarm, use it. Set it when you leave for the day and when you go to bed at night.
• Keep your residence well-lighted. Porch lights are important to keep on throughout the night. It is also good to have motion sensor lights on the sides and rear of residences.
• Lock side and alley access gates.
Police ask anyone who may have information regarding these incidents to call Crime Stoppers at (209)521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type TIP704 along with a message.