Carlsbad police released a sketch Wednesday of a suspicious man prowling around the North-Coastal area, peeking into windows and sneaking inside homes.
The Carlsbad Police Department will ask the public to help identify the prowler at a community meeting, set for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Carlsbad Senior Center located at 799 Pine Avenue.
Police said the man was reportedly peering into windows while residents sleep. In the last few weeks, there have been three reported cases of this man trying to sneak into homes.
In two incidents, he actually went inside the homes through an unlocked window. Once he came across residents, the prowler ran away, according to Carlsbad police.
Investigators said the cases took place on the 3500 and 3900 blocks of Garfield Street and on the 2700 block of Jefferson Street. Officers are currently using a multi-faceted approach to hunt the alleged prowler down.
Their methods include crime scene investigations, crime analysis, extra patrols and developing a composite sketch, said CVPD officers. Police would like the community to take a close look at the sketch and help identify a suspect if possible.
The community can help solve these crimes by being the "eyes and ears" of their neighborhood, said police. It's also important to report suspicious activity and secure doors and windows that might provide easy access to a prowler.
Dave Jerse, a Carlsbad resident, told NBC 7 these incidents seem to be happening in many neighborhoods.
"Its very disheartening, but unfortunately I think it happens in a lot of neighborhoods," said Jerse. "But I think today, you can't be too careful no matter where you live.”
Home security tips are available on the City of Carlsbad's website. No further information was available.