Sheriff's Office: Mom, Home With Daughter, Scares Off Burglars Inside Home Near Mill Valley

By Renee Schiavone and Bay City News Service

Would-be burglars fled from a home in unincorporated Mill Valley Saturday morning when a resident in the house interrupted the break-in, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office.

A mother and her 10-year-old daughter were awakened around 9:30 a.m. when they heard sounds coming from inside the house in the 200 block of Reed Boulevard, sheriff's officials said.

According to Lt. Doug Pittman, the mother called 911 and said she was home alone with her daughter when she heard someone knocking on the front door. She went to go answer the door, but she heard another noise downstairs and heard someone going out her front door, he said.

"She looked out the front window of her home and saw what she described as a silver colored newer model SUV with a round emblem on the back driving away from the area," Pittman said.  "The mother then ran back upstairs to call 911 and to stay by her daughter’s side until Sheriff’s deputies arrived."

Sheriff's deputies responded shortly thereafter, and searched the area for the suspects or vehicle, but did not find anyone.  In their search, they discovered that a rear back door had been pried open to get into the house.  

An investigation into the attempted burglary is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Marin County Sheriff's Office investigations unit at (415) 473-7265 or Bay Area Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

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gdschwartz February 04, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Can't the police anticipate trouble on Reed Avenue and station somebody there? This is crazy.
Elizabeth February 04, 2014 at 04:49 PM
Seriously. Reed needs to burn some sage.
Jack February 04, 2014 at 05:45 PM
This is getting ridiculous. Where are the cops?
Elizabeth February 04, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Just checked http://www.crimereports.com/ and this robbery was on Reed Blvd in Strawberry. The other robbery last week was on Reed St. in Homestead Valley on the other side of the freeway.
Andrew February 04, 2014 at 10:10 PM
I would like to see a statement from the local police saying that they intend to double their efforts in this area in order to prevent this from happening. IMHO, a much better use of resources then stationing police in the AM on Strawberry Blvd to nail people for rolling through a stop sign as they rush to drop kids off at school.
school bus ninja February 05, 2014 at 11:12 AM
There needs to be a police officer on every Reed street in the county.
Jack February 05, 2014 at 04:05 PM
Per the first sentence, it was a Saturday morning. Not a weekday.
T. Sullivan February 07, 2014 at 04:56 AM
Sounds like suspects with the same description hit an 80 year old couple in Palo Alto yesterday.


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