HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a bold thief who broke into several homes in an upscale Westchester County neighborhood last week while homeowners were sleeping.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams: The Crook is Either Wreckless, Dangerous, Bold, Desperate, or All of the Above

After residents settled in for the night a brazen burglar struck seven homes in one Hastings-on-Hudson neighborhood, reports CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez.

“I got up and I just screamed, I said ‘get out of here,’ and he came downstairs so fast,” said one victim who didn’t wish to be identified.

The 78-year-old victim said she was sleeping in her second-story bedroom on School Street at around 3:30 a.m. Friday when she heard the intruder breaking in through the dining room window.

“Took my pocketbook and got the money and just threw it on the rug, and then headed upstairs to the back bedroom,” she said. “He opened up the drawers – got all the boxes out and took what he wanted. I was laying there, saying to myself, thinking, ‘if it is someone, just get up and scream.’”

Her screams scared the burglar away, but not before he struck another home on School Street, not to mention three homes on Hillside Avenue and two on Prince Street.

The cluster of burglaries in the Hastings-on-Hudson neighborhood has a striking similarity to a string of burglaries in Yonkers. There, a burglar also broke into homes in the darkness while people were home.

Hastings-on-Hudson and Yonkers police are now working together to see if the burglaries are linked.

“It very well could be; there are a lot of similarities,” Hastings-on-Hudson Police Lt. David Dosin said. “You never want to rule anything out.”

Residents said they are being especially cautious.

“Make sure you lock your doors, lock your windows,” one neighbor said.

“Just to be more aware,” said another resident.

The victim told CBS 2 that she feels fortunate.

“As long as they didn’t harm me or do damage…I got over it fast,” she said.

She is, however, improving her home security – determined not to give the crook a second chance.

As a precaution, Hastings-on-Hudson police have increased their night patrols.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

Hazel Sanchez

Comments (7)
  1. leo says:

    I don’t recommend killing burglars. I’d prefer spraying their faces with HCL acid or whatever. If they go blind, so much the better.

  2. Carolyn Abrahams says:

    Any house near the Aqueduct is at risk. Your best protection against intruders, besides locking all doors and windows, is to get an alarm system. But even that has a catch. if you don’t use the alarm system, for that 15 min trip into the village, the system is useless.

  3. raymonduk says:

    Sounds like the police should have beefed up security before…the was left wide open now the sheep are gone …

    what would have happend if he the bugler would have had a gun…one death maybe more…more high visiblity police out of the cars not just riding in them?

    Hastings-on-Hudson and Yonkers police are now working together that says it all.(.Now…)

  4. Dcampeau says:

    What if she had a gun, blew the guys head off and then was traumatized the rest of her life with the glorious blood drenched deed of taking a life?! Maybe it’s better to just get a dog or a security system. Shoot out at the OK Corral is not a life-style to aspire.

  5. Glen says:

    Get a gun and learn how to defend yourself, you are responsible for own protection. If the burglars know you have a gun, they would not rob your home! Time to arm the public like the bad are already armed.

  6. Bushelfoote says:

    Wouldn’t it be a nice ending to this story to write how the lady pulled out a .44 Magnum and completely blew this guy’s $h!*t away and then discovered that these two crimesprees WERE related……and there was a reward for this guy “Dead Or Alive” and the money helped this old lady pay off her mortgage just before the bank was gonna take her home;and how it served as a warning that Aged Homeowners weren’t so easily robbed because the new Senior Citizen Self Protection Amendment to the Constitution made it mandatory for All Seniors to test out and get their home weapons permits……Sure there’d be an adjustment period of time but………………..Things would Level Out,MAN!!! LOL….There wouldn’t be anymore stories like THIS one that’s for sure!!!!!

    1. The Kid says:

      I guarantee you that would-be-burglars have been killed in the process of breaking into somebody’s house, and it still happens. One example will not solve the problem.

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