DERRY — Police are investigating two burglaries that occurred this week while the residents were home.
And it’s possible the two crimes are linked to the same person because both residences are a short distance from each other, Capt. Vern Thomas said Wednesday.
In the first incident, an elderly woman in her 80s told police she was home on Tuesday night in her residence at 29 Birch St. when she confronted a man who walked out of her bedroom carrying a flashlight, Thomas said in a news release.
The man fled when she asked him what he was doing in her home.
Police responded to the residence at 9:37 p.m. They were assisted by a New Hampshire State Police K-9 unit that swept the area for over an hour but couldn’t find the man, Thomas said.
Officers later discovered that forced entry was made to the residence through a window. Nothing appeared to have been stolen, Thomas said.
The suspect is described as approximately 6’2’ tall, thin build and wearing “military-looking” clothing.
At 7:18 a.m. Wednesday, police were called to another burglary at 76 E. Broadway. The residents reported they heard sounds in their kitchen the night before at about 8 p.m. but dismissed it as possibly coming from a neighboring apartment, Thomas said. But on Wednesday, they discovered that a purse, wallet and tablet were missing. They believe someone entered through an unlocked door, stole the items and fled. There is no description of a suspect in the second crime, Thomas said.
No injuries were reported in either incident.
Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact the Derry Police at 432-6111.