'Hot Prowl' Suspect Sought by Napa Police

Residents warned to lock all exterior home and car doors and windows.


Napa police are warning residents to keep all house and car doors locked overnight in the wake of an apparent "hot prowl" suspect making break-ins in the area.

"Over the past week, the Napa Police Department has received four calls from residents indicating a subject entered or attempted to enter their residence during the hours of 11 p.m – 6 a.m.,"  said Napa Capt. Jeff Troendly.

"The subject has made entry into some of the residences and or garages through doors left unlocked or through pet doors," Troendly said.

He added that NPD  has not received a good description of this individual. On one occasion, a resident saw the suspect and  described him as a male, unknown age, unknown race, wearing a tan baseball cap, tan long sleeve shirt and a teal T-shirt.  

Following are dates and approximate location of where these incidents have occurred:

Feb. 13,  10 block of LeeAnn Court, entry into residence was made,             cash was taken from a purse within the residence.

Feb. 17, 10 Block of Wild Rye Way, (suspect  was seen by resident), entry was made, via a key taken from the resident’s vehicle that was parked unlocked in front of the residence, no property taken except for the keys.

Feb. 18, 100 block of Cottage Cove Lane, entry made into the garage only (detached garage), vehicle in garage was entered and a purse was ransacked with nothing taken.

Feb. 18,  100 Block of Cottage Cove Lane, no entry made as suspect was scared away as he entered yard, via a side gate, nothing taken.

"The Napa Police Department would like to remind residents to lock all exterior doors to your residence, as well as locking your vehicle when left unattended," Troendly said. "Do not store items of value or keys in your vehicle at any time.

"As always, notify the Napa Police Department if you see anyone or anything that appears to be unusual," he added.

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MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Must be a Meth head, if he fits through pet doors.
Mrs. H February 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM
People can stick just their arm through a dog door and reach the door handle from the inside to unlock it. Pet doors are very unsafe. Always have a dead bolt or latch high on the door that has a pet door.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau February 20, 2013 at 11:28 PM
From the gist of your comments you sure seem to know a lot about meth heads... Just sayin'...
Hyde (Dirty Napkin) February 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Steve, you are such an ass.
F Otterbeck February 21, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Maybe the nasty comments could be left on the Register website instead of polluting this one with hate?
Harold Edwards February 21, 2013 at 02:15 AM
I never lock my door's, If he want's to come in I'll put the coffee pot on ? The poor guy might need help.Jesus Christ would not turn his back on a begger or a thief sometimes the only fear is fear it's self !
cathy white February 21, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Well Harold, It's wonderful that your Christian faith leaves you fearless. If someone breaks into my house, they'll be shouting for Jesus...... I leave the rest to the imagination!!
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 21, 2013 at 03:18 AM
USS I know just what I see, on the fugitive friday section of the site.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 21, 2013 at 03:43 AM
F otterbeck I do not see any hate comments here. I willl not pay to be censored, over at our so called news paper.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau February 21, 2013 at 06:46 AM
That is so true! But I have the stones to post my full real name and a picture of my face. I also manage to voice my opinion without name-calling (which, by the way, is a violation of Patch terms). Two things which you are not capable of doing.
Veronica February 23, 2013 at 06:42 PM
These residences are scattered so this guy is making the rounds. The fact that he would come into a home at night makes this more concerning but he's taking little stuff - to take such risks and come away with a little cash out of someone's purse? Btw, Steve's comments are consistently on target. MPW may not pay to be censored but I bet some of us would pay on his behalf!
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 23, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Veronica the good news is the subject will walk into the wrong house at some point. The bad news is he or she l out there.
Elaine February 24, 2013 at 05:55 AM
I absolutely do NOT understand why anyone would leave any car or door unlocked or any window or any entry way to an apt or house or car unlocked. Let alone leave attractive items in sight in a car.. whew. Let's not invite the thief to take our personal things we have worked hard to get. And women for goodness sake.. a policeman I know once told me that some thieves think of rape as a freebie when they are on the prowl looking for things to steal. We are worth taking the time to lock up and protect ourselves..
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau February 24, 2013 at 06:51 AM
Well thank you Veronica. I think that the subject responsible for these incidents is in it more for the thrill than the rewards. The adrenaline rush of sneaking into an occupied home and getting away must be incredible. I have to give MPW credit: it's likely that there are drugs fueling this behavior.
Ash Leigh April 01, 2013 at 04:07 PM
hahaaa - same goes for my home.
Ash Leigh April 01, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Very true Elaine. I have relatives, here in Napa, that stay in a million dollar home, and refuse to lock their doors. They've been in this city forever and believe no crime will happen in their area. HA!! I love them with all my heart, but I'm just waiting for the day it happens to them. I'm told, my "paranoia" is from living in the Detroit area for 12 years. No, I just learned from experience myself.


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