The Los Angeles Police Department is warning Boyle Heights residents of a hot prowl burglar on the loose.
The suspect has struck four times while the victims were sleeping between Jan. 19 and March 2, according to police.
The homes targeted were between East Fourth Street to Whittier Boulevard and Boyle Avenue to Chicago Street, between 2:30 a.m. and 5:40 a.m.
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The man typically enters through either an unlocked door or window, enters the bedroom and removes the victim’s property, police said. During one of the burglaries, the man touched the victim’s leg and ran away when the victim screamed.
Jose Talamantes' family is one of the four victimized by the burglar. He said his sister saw a shadow of the man inside their dining room.
"I was really worried about my sister," Talamantes said. "She was freaked out. She was shaking she was crying."
Corazon del Sol has since installed new security measures to her home, including locks and barbed wire after the man snuck through her window and and even went into her bed, she said.
The man even stole her dead mother's jewelry, del Sol said.
The suspect, described as a male of unknown ethnicity, is about 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 180 to 220 pounds.
Detectives warned neighbors to make sure that all the doors and windows are locked and secured.