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Cat prowler roams Sandy neighborhood

People living in the vicinity of the 18000 blocks of Van Fleet Avenue are warned of a prowler who was seen late March 20.

A woman living in that neighborhood saw a man holding a flashlight outside her home. She immediately told her son-in-law about the man in her yard - hiding his face inside a hoodie. The woman also notified police.

She told an officer the man made a lot of noise as he tried to run away in the dark alongside her home, running toward the street.

The woman's son-in-law spotted the man a couple of doors down on the other side of the street. He was trying to get several car doors open.

When the son-in-law yelled out, the suspect ran down Van Fleet Avenue toward Dubarko Road.

Police discovered the prowler had ransacked a vehicle while looking for items of value. A GPS unit and 10 music CDs were missing. Also gone was a small amount of cash, a small flashlight and nonprescription medicine.

A flashlight had been left on the passenger seat, so police seized it and sent it to the state crime lab for fingerprint analysis.

The man was described as a white male, 6 feet tall, slender and wearing a dark (blue, gray or brown) hoodie, gray or brown pants and dark shoes.

Police are increasing patrols in the neighborhood and asking anyone with information related to this case or any similar case to call 503-668-5566 during normal weekday open hours.