On November 19, 2008, at approximately 11:45 A.M., Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported “hot prowl” burglary at a home in the 1300 block of Pine Ridge Drive, Prescott . The 23-year-old female victim told deputies she saw a male subject force his way through the front door of her home. She saw the man put on black gloves and a white bandana over his face as he walked towards the bedroom she currently occupied. The victim grabbed a handgun and pointed it towards the suspect who was now in the doorway of her bedroom. Her actions startled the man, who turned and ran from the home. He scaled a porch railing and was last seen running north on Pine Ridge Drive from the property.
The victim described the suspect as a male, about 5’10 to 6’ tall, dark complexion, black curly hair that appeared to have some type of gel substance on it, a white t-shirt and dark jeans. The suspect had no apparent facial hair and was likely in his early 20’s. The suspect did force the front door open to gain access after knocking.
Deputies searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.
As a reminder, residents should always be on the lookout for suspicious persons in and around their neighborhood. Although not always convenient, keep doors locked even while home. Also, make sure dead bolts are sufficient to keep a door secure from forced entry. This should include a locking bar that extends well into the studs of the door frame. Metal security doors can always be considered as another layer of security. Remember, most burglars want to avoid detection and a confrontation at all costs and will likely flee if seen. But you should always have the presence of mind to react appropriately if the intruder becomes aggressive, including immediate access to a phone for 9-1-1. A cell phone or wireless phone allows you some flexibility if you need to move around or escape from an intruder while remaining in touch with law enforcement. When considering a firearm for protection, take classes to train with the weapon and understand the legal issues involving use of deadly force.