Police warn Boulder residents about string of burglaries

Suspect sketch

Suspect sketch

BOULDER, Colo. — A warning from Boulder Police about a string of burglaries in which residents have been home—and in two cases, the suspect touched the victims.

The burglaries happened in a number of neighborhoods, including Goss Grove, near Pearl Street, downtown and in the University Hill area.

The people who live at a home in the 1500 block of 9th Street aren’t talking about what happened inside early Sunday morning.

But police are.

“A female victim was actually touched by the suspect, which is concerning to us,” says Detective Commander Ron Gosage.

Police say the man in the sketch woke up a woman asleep in her bed by touching her leg.

She yelled at him to get out–and he did.

Police say it happened to another woman, but they’re unsure if it’s the same man.

Detectives are still waiting to interview the woman.

“There’s been interaction between suspect and victims. That’s the most concerning. That, and the fact, in some burglaries nothing was taken, so the question is, why is this person in their home?” questions Gosage.

Police say the burglaries are happening in several neighborhoods, and often when people are home.

Anthony Montano got caught by undercover police trying to break into a home Monday.

Gosage says they are not sure if he’s connected to other burglaries–and they don’t think he’s the man in the sketch.

“In a lot of cases, it may be as simple as locking your door. It takes a lot more effort obviously to break into someone’s house,” says Gosage.

“We’d be a good target here. We’re right in the middle of The Hill,” says CU student Grace Treleven.

This group of women says they don’t lock their doors.

“I feel pretty safe here” says Treleven’s friend, Elizabeth Craddock.

And the police warning should make them more cautious. But it probably won’t.

“I don’t want to switch into a maniac of doing that, making everyone lock the doors all time. I don’t even have a house key,” laughs Treleven.

But other residents say they already do all they can.