2 Sunset Hills homes broken into with residents inside

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by Jasmine Huda / News 4 and Ruella Rouf / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Updated Saturday, May 17 at 10:43 AM

(KMOV.com) – Two unsolved home burglaries have Sunset Hills residents worried because the victims were at home during both of the alleged burglaries.

Sunset Hills police said the criminals walked past bedrooms while the victims were sleeping at night. In both cases, the robbers allegedly entered the home without waking anyone up. Police said the robbers were able to find car keys ane even drove off with the cars. Residents knew nothing until the next morning.

Authorities said the thefts occurred May 8-9

News 4's Jasmine Huda spoke with residents in the Saddlebrook subdivision in Sunset Hills who said they heard an intruder had entered homes through a sliding door. They said the intruder allegedly grabbed valuables like keys to a neighbor's van and then drove off with it.

On Bendbury Court, police said criminals found a garage door opener in an unlocked vehicle. They allegedly entered through the garage and took off with the vehicle.  

Police said there is no evidence that the two are related. The unusual circumstances has Sunset Hills Police Chief William LaGrand alarmed.

“The fact that they occurred while the resident was at home, and they happened late at night, and cars were stolen--that seems significant," LaGrand said.

Police said both vehicles were later recovered. One was abandoned in north St. Louis and the other spotted in Springfield, Ill. The driver of that vehicle is in custody.

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