By Lethbridge Herald on July 14, 2015.
Lethbridge Regional Police Service is investigating several break and enters in a southside neighbourhood, and the department is advising residents to always ensure their homes are secured and contact police immediately if they observe any suspicious activity.
At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Monday, a woman reported she heard a noise and upon investigating, discovered the screen on her porch door had been torn, the door pushed in and a man was standing in front of her home along the 1200 block of 6A Avenue South. The man did not gain entry to the home and was last seen walking towards 13 Street South. Police searched the area but did not locate the man. The suspect is described as a tall, Caucasian man with short hair, possibly balding, wearing shorts.
Just after 2:30 a.m. a second woman reported she had chased a man out of her home along the 900 block of 9 Street South. The woman told police she had been sleeping when she awoke to the sound of the floor creaking, and observed a man walk into her bedroom. The woman confronted the man and he ran out the front door. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing was stolen from the home. Police searched the area but did not locate the man. The suspect is described as approximately 6â€™0â€ tall, with a medium build, wearing a shirt, shorts and a ball cap.
At 8:54 a.m. on Monday, police responded to a report of an attempted break enter in the same area that had also occurred during the night. A woman reported someone had attempted to gain entry to her home along the 600 block of 12 Street South sometime around 2 a.m. The woman heard a squeaking noise coming from her back porch area but upon checking at the time, did not see anyone. In the morning she noticed the screen in the door had been torn.
Given the similarities in each circumstances, police are investigating the possibility the same subject is responsible for all three incidents. At this time, the subjectâ€™s motives are unclear and the investigation is ongoing but police want the public to be aware of this suspicious activity.
Police are advising all residents in the area, and throughout the city, to always ensure doors and windows are locked. Even with the high temperatures, ground floor/basement windows should not be left open at night, nor should anyone just lock their screen door/storm door and leave their inside door open to allow air to circulate.
Police added any suspicious activity or people should be reported to police immediately. Call 911 in an emergency or 403-328-4444 in non-emergencies. Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call police.