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11 January 2010Warning - this news article expired on 2010-02-11. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Prowl at Night

Belleville, Ontario ? On January 11, 2010, at 10:10 p.m., police received a complaint of a prowler on Palmer Road. A homeowner reported she saw what she thought was a silhouette of a person outside her basement window.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect had stayed in front of this window for a period of time. The suspect took care in leaving the property by walking within the same foot prints used to enter the property.

Tracks in the snow showed the suspect wandered in the area of Sherwood Cres as well however did not approach any other windows other than that of the homeowner's on Palmer Road and one of her neighbours.

The suspect was tracked back to the street after leaving the two Palmer Road homes however the trail was lost on the street.

The neighbour whose home was also approached was spoken to by police. He advised sometime during the Thanksgiving weekend an unknown male person entered his home through a basement window. This incident occurred sometime around 10:00 p.m. and when he was confronted by a female guest in the home he left. Police were not contacted at that time but are now describing this male as ?under 30 years of age' and wearing a black track suit.

Police are requesting the assistance of the public. If anyone has any information regarding this person or was in the Palmer Road area near the time of these incidents and may have seen something which would assist in their investigation, are asked to please contact the Belleville Police Service at 613-966-0882 or Crime Stoppers at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Police are asking that the public take precautions by considering the following safety tips.

  • Secure all basement and ground level windows and patio doors. Never leave accessible windows open, especially while sleeping.
  • Keep drapes and blinds closed at night especially in ground level windows.
  • Never open your door to a stranger who does not show proper identification. Speak through the closed door if you are not sure.
  • Consider installing a home security system and ensure that everybody in the house know how it works.
  • Ensure that entry locks are changed or re-keyed if you are a new tenant or owner.
  • As a homeowner, be certain to lock your doors and windows when leaving the house.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Be mindful of persons loitering or acting suspiciously.
  • Citizens are reminded to be aware of suspicious people or vehicles in their neighbourhood and call police immediately if concerned.