NORTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A Washington County neighborhood is on alert after two attempted robberies Monday afternoon.
According to police, the first victim in North Strabane Township told investigators that an alarm went off inside her Christy Road home and scared the burglar away around 2 p.m.
Investigators said the burglar used a crowbar and pried open a window.
“He didn’t get any further than 2 to 3 feet inside the house, because an alarm went off,” the woman said.
While police were investigating, they said they received another call about a burglary a few miles away.
Authorities said a man in his 30s dressed in all black tried breaking into a home on Linden Road.
The homeowner said she saw a man try to open her front door and then her back door, before going down a stairwell and attempting to open a basement window.
She told police she yelled and asked him why he was there, and the burglar ran off.
The woman told investigators she thinks her house was cased last week, because a man came to her door and said he was in an accident and looking for his dog.
Police said they believe the two attempts are connected. They’re warning residents to be extra cautious when locking doors and windows.
Anyone with information on the attempted burglaries is asked to contact police.