Family cat may have frightened off hairy gunman in New Hampshire

By Liz Markhlevskaya,
Posted Jan. 29, 2012, at 5:50 a.m.

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. — Police are seeking a man who reportedly forced his way into a home at gunpoint shortly after 3 p.m. Friday before being scared off by the family cat.

Police Sgt. Matthew Duval said the burglar knocked on a door of a residence on Cora Drive, located off Maple Street, and forced his way inside the home at approximately 3:15 p.m.

The woman who occupied the residence was home alone with an infant at the time, while her husband was at work.

The burglar took an unspecified amount of items from the home, but fled after apparently being scared off by the family’s cat, which had begun scratching at the door.

“(The woman) described it as the burglar might have thought someone was at the door,” said Duval.

He said the woman stated the burglar had a firearm, which looked like a pistol.

The burglar is described as being a male in his 50s, having lots of dark facial hair that included a beard and what appeared to be a unibrow, and wearing a black zip-up sweater with a hood, a knit hat and jeans.

In addition to Somersworth police, members of the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, the State Police, and a K9 unit from Rochester searched for the suspect, while authorities scoured the Cora Drive area.

Duval said that the K9 from Rochester police was not able to find a track for the suspect.

According to Duval, the incident is being considered a felony level burglary.

(c) 2012 the Foster’s Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.)

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