Mesa police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man officers say forced his way into a home on Wednesday before using a crowbar to break into a woman’s bedroom.
Police first responded to a disturbance call about 10 p.m. at a residence in the 2300 block of East Diamond where the woman told police a man had knocked on her door and told her he was looking for his puppy. After leaving the property, the man again returned and continuously rang the door bell before the woman inside the home called police. After the man forced his way into her home, the woman locked herself inside her bedroom moments before he broke through the door with a crowbar, according to police.
When the man got inside the bedroom, he grabbed the woman’s jewelry box before she ran out of the room and the man ran out of the house.
A neighbor saw the woman run out of her house screaming and the man exiting the house carrying property.
About the same time that evening, another woman called police to report that a man had knocked on her door looking for a puppy but had left.
A search with unmarked police cars and a K-9 unit was unsuccessful.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late 30s, was wearing a black shirt and shorts. He was last seen running in the area of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints near East Diamond and 24th Street.