CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Police continue to search for a man who broke into a Central Texas home this morning, while the person who lived there was inside.
The invasion took place around 6:45 a.m. at a townhouse in the 400 block of Buttercup Creek Blvd. in Cedar Park.
People living in the Cedar Park townhouses woke up to police cars and crime tape.
“They’re looking for somebody because the helicopter is here and there’s cops everywhere,” said neighbor Ricardo Lopez.
It was Cedar Park police hunting for the man they say broke in through a window. Investigators say the suspect and owner crossed paths inside the home, but they’re not releasing details of what was said. Police say the intruder took a cell phone, before running away.
Police are calling this a burglary, a crime that’s on the rise in Cedar Park. In 2014, the city saw a nearly 25 percent increase in burglaries, and a 13 percent increase in property crimes. That’s 15 people out of 1,000, who were victims of a property crime.
“Taking a one year snapshot of crime in a city doesn’t tell you a whole bunch because crime comes in waves, so we tend to look at what’s the crime rate in Cedar Park, and we boast one of the lowest crime rates in Central Texas,” says Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix.
The break-in still has Neighbors like Ricardo Lopez shaken up. He says someone stole his former roommate’s motorcycle on this property. He’s now thinking of taking action.
“Just putting some cameras here in front of my door, especially with what just happened now,” says Lopez.
The suspect is described as a man of medium build wearing a blue sleeveless shirt, grey sweatpants and a do-rag.The Cedar Park Police Chief, Sean Mannix, told KXAN the suspect was seen fleeing the scene by a resident. So far they do not know the motive of the break-in.
Chief Mannix says until the suspect is arrested and interviewed, police will not be releasing any more information, that way there will be things only the suspect knows about the incident.
Mannix advises residents to take precautions by locking their doors and windows. Police ask for you to call 911 if you see any suspicious activity.