Added Jun 27 2012
We had the unfortunate experience of having a prowler/intruder come into our backyard and attempt to come in the house at 3:45 am. we are in teh 3700 block of north Hermitage.
I was already awake when I heard some pounding sounds in the alley, a few minutes later the person entered our back yard through the gate and the motion light went on (he was not deterred). He continued through the yard and was peering into our back windows and messing one of them. I screamed and he took off, while I called 911. The police came out (albeit two 911 calls and 20 minutes later). I got a good look at him since he was so close to the house and the bright flood light was on. Here is the description:
18-25 years old African American
5’9” to 6’0” tall
Closely cropped hair
Light denim jeans, white sneakers, gray sweatshirt
The next morning when I went outside to check the our back gate area, I found a Hertz Gold Club membership card with name I did not recognize as any of our neighbors. It was apparent that the intruder who was here had dropped it from a previous heist. Lo and behold a little amateur detective work paid off…..We tracked down the gentleman who the card belonged to and called him….and no surprise, his house was robbed that same night.
In addition to the break ins, there have been 5-6 reported car burglaries within one week. Be careful and watchful out there.