Burglar strikes again

Published 12:01 am Sunday, January 27, 2008

NATCHEZ — Just after 4 a.m. on Saturday morning the Natchez Police Department responded to a call of a burglary at an occupied dwelling on Inez Street.

And the culprit is not the suspect police believed was responsible for previous break-ins. Police Chief Mike Mullins said his officers confirmed that the man they interviewed in connection with the crime two weeks ago was at home when Saturday’s burglary occurred.

Police have not named that suspect, or any others.

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Mullins said the intruder in the Inez Street burglary gained access to the residence through a window with a faulty latch.

Mullins said the intruder was spotted when an early morning phone call woke the homeowner.

As the homeowner was walking into the kitchen to put the phone on the receiver, he spotted the intruder just as he was walking out of the front door, Mullins said.

As the intruder ran from the house he was briefly pursued by the homeowner, Mullins said.

Mullins said the homeowner described the intruder as a male standing about six feet tall with a medium build.

No items were reported stolen from the house.

The break-in is the eighth in a string of recent home invasion burglaries that started in early December on Orleans and Commerce streets. Houses on Jeff Davis Boulevard, Pearl Street and Wheeler Avenue have also been burglarized.

Entry to the house in each case has been different, including broken windows, unlocked doors or using keys found in an unlocked car in the driveway.