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Thief steals cash while family sleeps

Guns taken in another burglary

TROUTDALE - A pair of unsettling burglaries occurred this week, including one in which a suspect allegedly crept into a bedroom where a father and his two children were sleeping and stole money from a drawer.

Three other children were sleeping in another bedroom when the crime occurred Wednesday, April 18, the father said. The suspect was interrupted when the mother came home around 4:20 a.m. and noticed a front sliding door open in the 2200 block of Southwest Indian John Avenue.

She quickly got out of the car when a man with a black-hooded sweatshirt ran out, apparently carrying items. He ran in the direction of Reynolds High School, a police report says.

A VCR atop the couple's television was turned sideways, and the thief may have been trying to steal it. The suspect got away with $350 he stole in the bedroom. No other items appeared to be missing or damaged.

The suspect, who remains at large, was described as 6-foot-1-inch tall and muscular.

In the other incident, homeowners in the 2100 block of Southeast Beavercreek Lane reported the theft of a .38 caliber Colt revolver and a .22 caliber Ruger Bearcat revolver. The guns were valued at $550.

Also reported stolen were 11 necklaces worth $1,300, a large bottle containing $700 to $1,000 in change, $25 cash and a key to an all-terrain vehicle.

Police were called to the home around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17. A man living at the residence said a neighbor was to have fed the cats around 6 p.m. the previous day. The neighbor told the man that he noticed the back door open and assumed the man had forgotten to close it. The thief accessed a hide-a-key spot to gain entry.

The guns were on a workbench near the back door. The neighbor said she saw a suspicious man who looked like he was 'casing the joint' around noon, a police report says. The man was described as white, 5-10, with a medium build and short black hair.

Both suspects remain at large.