SANTA MONICA—According to the Santa Monica Police Department there were two home burglaries on Thursday, April 21. The first incident occurred in the 700 block of 18th Street. According to authorities, the suspect entered the home at around 4:44 a.m. The suspect was able to get into the home through an unlocked door.

The culprit went into a room of a female who lived inside the home. The suspect went into the victim’s room and fled once family members woke up hearing the noise. The victim described the suspect as male between 5 feet and 6 inches and 5 feet and 9 inches tall, with a thin to medium body frame. He was wearing a hoodie with a hood over his head.

Two hours before this break-in there was an incident on the 300 block of 16th Street. The suspect attempted to enter the home, but once inside the guest house, the alarm was triggered. The individual fled the premises. During this attempted burglary, the suspect was only described as male.

Canyon News spoke with Lieutenant Saul Rodriguez who said, “We are uncertain if both crimes are related.” Detectives are actively working both cases. Rodriguez further noted that, “Yes, there will be increased police patrols in the areas of occurrence.” Rodriguez also informed Canyon News  that there hasn’t been any new information regarding the break-ins.

Anyone with information related to either crime is asked to call Detective Ahn at (310) 458-8452 or Sergeant Federico at (310) 458-8939. The public should call the Santa Monica Police Communications Center at (310)458-8491 if they see any thing suspicious in public. People have been advised by the police to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior. The public should also lock their doors and windows.