Residents Surprised by Robbers, Unsecured Garages Blamed

Two residential break-ins on Monday morning highlight the risks associated with unlocked garage doors.

The first incident happened at 1:30 p.m. at a home on

Difrank Court in Ashburn. The homeowner found a man in the house who said he was looking for cigarettes and then walked out the front door. Investigators determined the man entered the home by using the garage door opener found in an unlocked vehicle.

The second case happened just after 7:30 a.m. at a home on Black Branch Parkway near Watson. A resident found a stranger in the kitchen/dining area going through drawers. She initially thought the man was with a work crew and she went upstairs. The suspect left the area before deputies were called. The suspect entered the home through an open garage door.

Both cases are under investigation.

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