A 50-year-old Miami woman said she was face to face with a burglar at her back door early Saturday morning.
According to a police report, the woman was awakened at approximately 2:20 a.m. Saturday by a loud noise.
“She opened the door to her mother's room to see if she had fallen out of bed,” Officer Robert Weaver said. “After finding her mother alright, she went to the kitchen to make a sandwich and heard a lot of noise coming from the back door of the residence.”
The woman told authorities that she thought wind had blown the storm door, causing it to bang back and forth.
“She went to see about closing the door and saw a very large man standing between the storm door and the back door with his face against the window,” Weaver said.
According to her statement, the woman screamed and the man remained at the door attempting to gain entry.
“She ran to the bedroom and called 911 and she could still hear him making a lot of noise trying to get in,” Weaver said.
Authorities responded to her home in the 500 block of G Street SE and discovered that the back door to the victim's residence had been damaged. Officers also discovered that the screen to her bathroom window had been ripped along the bottom.
“We also found where the fence had been bent where the suspect had climbed over it,” Weaver said.
The suspect is described as a “very broad, large” white male in his 20's or 30's.
Authorities are alerting residents in the southeast part of town to be on the lookout for suspicious people in their neighborhood.
During the last three days of December, a dozen residents in the 500 block of C, D and E streets southeast reported burglaries while they were at home.
A 74-year-old woman reported that someone broke into her home on E Street New Year's Eve, sometime between 3 and 6:45 a.m., while she was sleeping and stole her purse that was lying beside her bed.
Less than 24 hours earlier, someone broke a window out of the elderly woman's home and attempted to get inside. A neighbor who allegedly chased the burglar away from her home awakened the woman.
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact Detective Steven Johnston before 3 p.m. or Detective Chris Leamon after 3 p.m. at the Miami Police Department, 542-5585.