Prowler Preys on Mission Beach Residents

By R. Stickney and Mari Payton
|  Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011  |  Updated 2:09 PM PDT
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Prowler Preys on Mission Beach Residents

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Twice in one night, a burglar struck in Mission Beach. The victims' homes were just blocks from each other. Now, San Diego police are reminding residents to lock their doors at night.

A prowler walked into a home on Lido Court early Tuesday police said. Then, three minutes later, a burglar entered a home on Manhattan Court just two blocks away.

San Diego police investigators believe the same suspect is responsible for both breakins and entered the residences through unlocked doors.

The burglar was trying to steal items from inside, but in both cases the residents woke up, scaring the suspect away police said.

Many who live in the area are part-time renters and college students.

"Anytime something like that happens it's somewhat disturbing but the hope would be you are aware of your surroundings you lock up at night and don't go to bed with the doors open," said resident Helena Rashkow.

One of the victims spoke with NBCSanDiego but didn't want to be identified. She said she was not physically harmed but was still shaken up.

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