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City police investigate burglary attempts near UMW

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BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Fredericksburg police are trying to identify a young man who entered one city residence early Friday before trying to get into a second home about a half-mile away.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said the first incident occurred about 3:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Mortimer Avenue below the University of Mary Washington. A man entered the home and was heard walking around while the resident and her small children were secured in an upstairs bedroom.

The woman called police, but the man was gone by the time officers arrived. He did not go upstairs and it was not clear whether anything was taken.

Bledsoe said the investigation revealed that the intruder was a white man in his early 20s wearing glasses, a light colored shirt and long dark blue gym shorts.

A short time later, officers went to the 1400 block of College Avenue on the other side of the university after a man with the same description repeatedly tried to open a front door.

The man was confronted by the resident who forcefully told him to leave, and he did so without incident.

That caller told police that the would-be intruder appeared to be intoxicated.

Though these incidents appear related, Bledsoe said police do not believe they are connected to an early morning burglary earlier this month at a home on Braehead Drive. In that burglary, someone stole cash and other items while a couple in their 70s was in bed. That investigation is continuing as well.

Anyone with information on the Friday incidents is asked to call city police at 540/373-3122.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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