Night prowlers target Valley homes

Think thieves won't strike while somebody's home? Think again. Prowlers have targeted area homes recently while the owners slept inside. Nobody was hurt, but several items were stolen from homes and vehicles in a recent spate of break-ins.

A pair of late-night burglaries targeted homes in North Bend while the occupants slept in the houses, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.

The first in North Bend was late Wednesday or early Thursday, Oct. 11-12 in the 300 block of Southeast Orchard Drive. The thief took a cell phone, tote purse, wallet, credit cards, CDs, and a Mag light flashlight. The second was late Friday to early Saturday, Oct. 13-14, in the 500 block of Northeast Eighth Street. A cell phone was taken and entry made through an unlocked door.

"The second victim didn't know she was burglarized until the first victim went door-to-door," said Sgt. John Urquhart, sheriff's office spokesperson.

The night before the first North Bend break-in, Snoqualmie Police responded to several vehicle prowls and two forced entry burglaries on homes located in the Snoqualmie Ridge area Oct. 10 during the early morning hours. These vehicle prowls and residential burglaries also occurred while residents were sleeping. These cases are currently under investigation; no suspects have been identified at this time and no further incidents have since occurred.

The Snoqualmie Police Department is taking this opportunity to remind residents to make sure their homes are secure and their vehicles locked after valuables have been removed before retiring for the evening. If residents hear unusual noises or observe suspicious activity, call 9-1-1.

If anyone has information regarding the vehicle prowls and burglaries, contact the Snoqualmie Police Department at (425) 888-3333 .

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