Creepy burglar lurks as people sleep, apologizing before leaving

Police say this nighttime burglar ends up in peoples’ bedrooms -- lurking and watching -- until the person wakes up. (CNN/WHDH)

WOBURN, Mass. (NBC/WHDH) — A creepy crime in one Boston suburb has police unsettled: a burglar who breaks in while people inside are sleeping — and then waits for them to wake up. He’s a creepy burglar accused of breaking into homes in the middle of the night. Police say he ends up in peoples’ bedrooms — lurking and watching — until the person wakes up.

“They’re coming face-to-face with someone from sound sleep to encounter someone in their bedroom,” said Robert Ferullo, with the Woburn Police Department.

Then, police say he apologizes before taking off. Over the past three weeks, it’s happened to a handful of homes in Woburn, with a similar case in Winchester. Police say they need to find him and stop him now.

“We don’t know what the next step is going to be. Why is there? Is he trying to summon courage to do something else?” said Ferullo. “We’re just trying to get to the bottom of it to identify the individual before somebody gets hurt.”

A sketch of the man has been released. He is described to be in his 20s, roughly 6 feet tall and with black marks or acne scars on his face. Copies of the sketch have been placed in apartment complexes near the Horn Pond area, leaving people feeling uneasy.

“I’m worried, scared — just worried for my family, kids, women, children. It’s crazy,” said Terry Rosenstine, whose home is in Woburn.

“I think it’s really weird, not really something a normal person would do — apologize for it,” said Colleen Quinton, who lives in Woburn.

They fear it’s only a matter of time before creepy turns into dangerous.

“Situations like this escalate. They end up killing that person, raping them — just get worse. Hope they find him,” said Woburn neighbor Madelin Gomez.

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