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Serial burglar still at work on Bainbridge
The rash of burglaries on Bainbridge Island continued this week, with a another break-in reported Tuesday on the island.
Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner said the department will undertake additional measures to catch the culprit responsible for the burglaries.
Hamner has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday afternoon to detail the department's ramped-up efforts to put an end to the string of residential burglaries.
Authorities announced in March the spree of daylight burglaries on Bainbridge, and said a serial burglar was targeting neighborhoods in remote areas with limited traffic during the day but places close to public areas such as parks or cemeteries.
More recently, residential burglaries have been reported on Tuesday, April 15 on Northeast Hidden Cove Road; Wednesday, April 16 on Park Avenue; Thursday, April 10 on Pleasant Beach Drive Northeast; and Monday, April 7 on Euclid Avenue Northeast, Northeast Lafayette Avenue, and Sunrise Drive Northeast.
All four of the residential burglaries reported during the first two weeks of April occurred on weekday afternoons.
A break-in Tuesday matched the circumstances of the ones that police suspect was committed by a serial burglar, Hamner said.
"We realized our burglar was still out and about," Hamner said.
Authorities said earlier the culprit was hitting homes that were empty, while the owners were not at home.
But Hamner said that wasn't the case at a break-in last week.
A 22-year-old woman was in an island home while her parents were away, and heard someone entering the house the afternoon of Wednesday, April 16.
She retreated to a bathroom, locked the door, and called 911.
Hamner said the intruder who broke in quickly left when that person tried to get into the bathroom — possibly to look for prescription drugs — but fled when the door to the bathroom was found locked.
"I don't think that he realized that someone was home," Hamner said.
Police quickly responded to the 911 call.
"We just missed him," Hamner said.
So far, the number of burglaries has hit roughly two dozen, but Hamner said police were not sure that all of the incidents could be attributed to the serial burglar.