Intruder alert: Dallas families burglarized as they sleep



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Posted on October 30, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 30 at 11:12 PM

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DALLAS — Dallas police are investigating two break-ins that happened while families were asleep in their homes.

A North Dallas couple fell asleep watching Hurricane Sandy coverage on TV, but at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, the wife woke up.

"I just had a feeling and woke up, and my worst nightmare was standing there in front of me," said the woman, who did not wish to be identified.

A man was standing at her dresser and going through her jewelry. Their eyes locked.

"He turned around and pointed a gun towards me, and we had a stare-down for about 2 to 3 seconds," she recalled. "Then he ran out of the bedroom."

Frozen in fear, the woman said nothing until he ran out.

Then, waking up her husband, the two sprinted to their six-year-old son’s room.

"He was still sleeping under the covers," the woman said. "I didn’t see him at first, and that scared me... but he was fine and safe and never woke up."

The couple said the intruder ran out a side door, and they still don't know how he got in. They are pretty sure all their doors were locked.

A family a couple of blocks away also awoke to find their home had been burglarized.

"I started looking around and realized a couple of things were missing," the victim said, also wishing to remain anonymous.

Items including jewelry and small electronics were gone.

"I thought the door was locked; I can't be 100 percent sure," he said. "We were obviously asleep, and that's really kind of scary."

And bold.

Security, dogs, and signs of people inside weren't enough to keep the robber away.

The neighborhood association in the area has put out a warning to residents to set their alarms, double-check doors, and be on the look out for suspicious behavior.

Dallas police haven't officially said these cases are linked, but sources say they are looking into these and some other incidents to determine if the same criminal is responsible.