By Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax
DARTMOUTH - Police are warning citizens to keep their doors locked at all times after a Dartmouth woman was surprised to find an intruder in her kitchen.
Around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at a home on Mount Edward Avenue, a 25-year-old woman found a man in the kitchen holding her purse as she went to answer a knock on the door.
“We do believe the individual who broke in was not aware there was someone inside,” said Halifax Regional Police spokesperson Const. Pierre Bourdages.
The young woman ran to her bedroom and called 911 as she hid with her 10-month-old baby, while the man took off through the back door.
Bourdages said the incident was in the “same general area” as a recent rash of break and enters near Main Street, Mount Edward and Woodlawn roads.
In those crimes, police say an intruder would knock on the front door of a home, and if no one was around they’d break in to steal something and leave through the back.
He added police don’t know why this neighbourhood has been targeted over another.
Bourdages said despite extra police patrols in the area they haven’t been able to locate any suspects, and are asking for the public to report suspicious cars or people lurking around the area.
“They know who should be around, and who shouldn’t be around,” said Bourdages.