Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Man Cuts House Power, Kicks in Door

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Man Cuts House Power, Kicks in Door

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

St. Johns County deputies are searching for a man who cut power and telephone lines to a home in the 100 block of Warren Circle Tuesday morning before breaking in and invading the bedroom of a teenage girl, who screamed in fear.

Police said the man went to the front door around 11:15 a.m., rang the doorbell and knocked several times. A 14-year-old girl inside told deputies she didn't know who it was, so she went to her room and tried to dial 911 as the man circled to the back of her home. But the telephone didn't work and the power was out. Seconds later, the man kicked in the front door and ran inside, kicking her bedroom door open as she tried to escape out her window.

When the man confronted the girl, she screamed and he ran away, allowing her to get to a neighbor's house and call police.

The sheriff's office described the intruder as a white male, age 30, about 5-foot-6 with short or shaved black hair and unshaven face, wearing a black tank top, white shorts and black gloves.

Anyone with any information concerning the incident is asked to call Sgt. Christine Lee at the St. Johns County Office at (904) 810-6663.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Mandarin and Northwest St. Johns County areas, according to the Jacksonville and St. Johns County sheriffs offices:

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BURGLARY:

9825 San Jose Blvd. -- Someone broke into two stores early Tuesday in a shopping center and got away with cash and a cash register as alarms blared into the night.

The first break-in occurred around 2:35 a.m. at Big Daddy's Pizza, 9825 San Jose Blvd. Someone smashed out a glass door, broke into a safe and stole $151. At the same time, the glass door at Leung's restaurant next door was smashed and a cash register containing about $30 was taken. Police found part of the register in front of the two restaurants when they responded to the alarms.

BURGLARY:

4200 block of Winderpark Court -- Nothing was taken when a homeowner apparently surprised a burglar in her home at 10:20 a. …

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