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Another Homeowner Reports Catching Burglar in Mill Valley Residence

Approximate location of break-in.  Courtesy Google Maps
Approximate location of break-in. Courtesy Google Maps
By Bay City News Service: 

A woman in Mill Valley came face-to-face with a burglar in her house on Friday night in what sheriff's officials say is the latest of several recent brazen home invasion burglaries in Marin County and the Bay Area.

 Around 9:10 p.m., a woman at home with her young children in the 100 block of Laverne Avenue was startled when her house's alarm system sound, Marin County sheriff's officials said.

 Believing the heavy winds and rain may have triggered the alarm, the woman walked downstairs to investigate and came face-to-face with an intruder, according to the sheriff's office.

 The burglar immediately fled out of the back of the home and the woman ran upstairs to her children and called 911. Sheriff's deputies were joined by Mill Valley police officers and a Novato police K-9 to search the area for the burglar, but no suspects were found.

 Deputies learned that the burglar had forced entry into the house by smashing a locked rear glass door. Sheriff's officials say the break-in is the latest of several home invasion robberies and burglaries throughout the county and the Bay Area over the past several weeks in which homeowners have been startled to find intruders in their homes.

 In two recent home invasion robberies in Oakland, intruders broke into homes and shot elderly homeowners. On Friday afternoon, a woman believed to be in her 70s was shot and killed in an apparent home invasion robbery in Oakland's Fruitvale District, according to police.

A separate home break-in was reported last week in Mill Valley, on Reed Boulevard. 

 "Although all residential burglaries raise fears and concerns in the local communities where they occur, a burglar who strikes so brazenly during the night while the residents are home raises these fears to a whole different level," Marin County sheriff's officials said in a statement.

 The sheriff's office has recently launched special operations countywide in response to these types of crimes, officials said. An investigation into the Mill Valley home invasion is ongoing and anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Marin County Sheriff's Office at (415) 473-7265 or Bay Area Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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Annie February 10, 2014 at 05:22 PM
This is quite frightening, especially when someone was obviously at home, as was the case in at least one of the other three home invasions in the past week. These burglars/robbers do not care!! I feel it's only a matter of time before an incident ends in a senseless tragedy. It would help us to be more vigilant if we knew more details as sex, race, age, how many, description of the person(s) and if possible of the vehicle, which, I know, is difficult at night. I feel it's time for neighborhood watch programs, community meetings and less complacency. The Tiburon car surveillance cameras are a deterrent and I feel, now needed at our entries to Mill Valley. These criminals are getting away with creating fear in our wonderful family oriented community.
Annie February 10, 2014 at 06:12 PM
Actually, in review, someone was obviously at home in 3 of the 4 recent incidences. The homeowner at 2p on a Tues, another at 9a on a Sat and this incident, at 9p last Fri.
school bus ninja February 11, 2014 at 01:16 AM
Yes, there is a reason that you don't get a description. Read between the lines. It's a good thing that only the bad guys carry guns because heaven forbid that a single woman alone with her children would be able to defend herself during a home invasion. I bet the elderly folks that were killed in Oakland would have loved a chance at taking out a bad guy in their house.
Jack February 11, 2014 at 12:16 PM
I do wonder what happens when the guy breaking in gets shot by the homeowner who is also a gun owner. Does the homeowner/shooter get arrested? These things are happening so often now, it seems only a matter of time before they hit a house that can hit back with deadly force.
Mike Kamm February 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM
I'd like to know what pro-active steps the MV police are taking to stem this trend. Burglaries have been on the increase for sometime now and I haven't heard anything about how the MVPD is responding. I do see them issuing traffic tickets to MV residents going to and from work but no evidence that they have a strategy for deterring the real bad guys. More patrols in priority neighborhoods, more patrols in general, cameras, promoting neighborhood watch programs, education efforts, etc. Am I the only one who hasn't heard the proactive response?
Annie February 11, 2014 at 02:36 PM
I wholeheartedly agree. I think it's time for this community to organize and fight back! These home invasions are unacceptable. Those young children were in danger also. I know Tam Valley is having a community meeting soon over this issue. There will be a law enforcement speaker. We have a large community center to hold such an important safety event. It's time to bring this up at the upcoming City Council meeting and contact Police Chief Bernal and Sheriff Doyle. We need to gather our resources and develop community programs. What I can't figure out is how many groups there are out there robbing as the press reports don't say. The 2 houses at 2pm on a Tues did report 3 black youths, the 9am on a Sat saw 1 intruder but felt there was another and the 9pm last Fri saw 1 in her kitchen. That was it in the press. What age/ethnic group are we to be aware of?? Then there was the event a week ago Sat with 2 cars, near 101 and Shelter Ridge, that were caught with burglary equipment. They were arrested. This doesn't include the other communities having the same issues. I feel like we're being invaded and authorities are just responding to the 911 calls. And they do come out in force for this, which is comforting. The preventative measures are to lock your doors, turn on your alarm, get motion detector lights, etc., but a lot of good this is really doing. They did say there will be more patrols with marked and unmarked cars, which is good. This is a call to action as it is unsettling.
school bus ninja February 11, 2014 at 02:56 PM
@Mike I don't think MVPD will do anything. If I'm not mistaken, that area is county.
school bus ninja February 11, 2014 at 03:00 PM
@Jack. This is from CA Department of Justice. Go to page 9, Protecting One's Home. https://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/firearms/pdf/cfl2013.pdf
Magoo February 13, 2014 at 11:21 AM
String up the burglars, gas them. Oh, I forgot, we are a civilized society. Slap em on the wrist and let them do it again, again, and again.

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