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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