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BELFAST, Maine — Burglars surprised an older woman in her bedroom at about 2 a.m. Thursday, but left when she told them to get out, according to police.
The woman’s Ocean Street home was one of four that were broken into or almost broken into overnight by two burglars, Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department said.
“They opened the door to her bedroom and shined a flashlight in,” he said Thursday afternoon.
After they left, she was frightened and barricaded herself into her bedroom. She did not have a telephone with her and waited until daylight before venturing out of the room to call police, Cunningham said. She told officers she did not think that anything was taken from her home.
“I don’t believe they thought anybody was in that house,” he said. “I’m of the opinion that they thought they were all empty.”
Investigating officers believe that two burglars were involved in the string of break-ins and attempted break-ins on Mayo and Ocean streets because of the footprints they left behind in the snow.
They also left behind a cigarette butt in the toilet of another home that was entered and robbed. Police took the butt to have it analyzed for DNA evidence.
“At this point, we’re collecting evidence,” Chief Mike McFadden said Thursday morning. He had some tips for residents.
“Lock your doors, and call the police when you have any question if there’s something out of the ordinary,” he said.