Takoma Park hit by a string of home burglaries

August 20, 2012

A woman returned to her Takoma Park home Monday morning to find two strangers inside. One grabbed items and ran out the back. The second jumped from a second-floor window. They drove off, making a getaway after what police indicated was the latest in a series of recent burglaries in the city.

In the past two weeks, Takoma Park police said, six houses have been burglarized while nobody was home, possibly by the same two men.

The interrupted break-in Monday on Spring Avenue came only a few minutes after one in the 7400 block of Carroll Avenue, police said.

The burglars get inside through the back by removing screens or breaking windows, police said. They usually park in the driveway after people leave for work and knock on doors to see if anybody is home.

Police said that two men “are always described” in the burglaries. One is black, about 5-foot-9, muscular, with hair in dreadlocks or twists. When last seen, he wore an Ecko shirt with red accents and jeans. The other is black, about 5-foot-6, with a similar hairstyle, and was last seen in a black T-shirt and jeans.

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