'Hot Prowl' Suspect Sought by Napa Police

Residents warned to lock all exterior home and car doors and windows.


Napa police are warning residents to keep all house and car doors locked overnight in the wake of an apparent "hot prowl" suspect making break-ins in the area.

"Over the past week, the Napa Police Department has received four calls from residents indicating a subject entered or attempted to enter their residence during the hours of 11 p.m – 6 a.m.,"  said Napa Capt. Jeff Troendly.

"The subject has made entry into some of the residences and or garages through doors left unlocked or through pet doors," Troendly said.

He added that NPD  has not received a good description of this individual. On one occasion, a resident saw the suspect and  described him as a male, unknown age, unknown race, wearing a tan baseball cap, tan long sleeve shirt and a teal T-shirt.  

Following are dates and approximate location of where these incidents have occurred:

Feb. 13,  10 block of LeeAnn Court, entry into residence was made,             cash was taken from a purse within the residence.

Feb. 17, 10 Block of Wild Rye Way, (suspect  was seen by resident), entry was made, via a key taken from the resident’s vehicle that was parked unlocked in front of the residence, no property taken except for the keys.

Feb. 18, 100 block of Cottage Cove Lane, entry made into the garage only (detached garage), vehicle in garage was entered and a purse was ransacked with nothing taken.

Feb. 18,  100 Block of Cottage Cove Lane, no entry made as suspect was scared away as he entered yard, via a side gate, nothing taken.

"The Napa Police Department would like to remind residents to lock all exterior doors to your residence, as well as locking your vehicle when left unattended," Troendly said. "Do not store items of value or keys in your vehicle at any time.

"As always, notify the Napa Police Department if you see anyone or anything that appears to be unusual," he added.

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MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 23, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Veronica the good news is the subject will walk into the wrong house at some point. The bad news is he or she l out there.
Elaine February 24, 2013 at 05:55 AM
I absolutely do NOT understand why anyone would leave any car or door unlocked or any window or any entry way to an apt or house or car unlocked. Let alone leave attractive items in sight in a car.. whew. Let's not invite the thief to take our personal things we have worked hard to get. And women for goodness sake.. a policeman I know once told me that some thieves think of rape as a freebie when they are on the prowl looking for things to steal. We are worth taking the time to lock up and protect ourselves..
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau February 24, 2013 at 06:51 AM
Well thank you Veronica. I think that the subject responsible for these incidents is in it more for the thrill than the rewards. The adrenaline rush of sneaking into an occupied home and getting away must be incredible. I have to give MPW credit: it's likely that there are drugs fueling this behavior.
Ash Leigh April 01, 2013 at 04:07 PM
hahaaa - same goes for my home.
Ash Leigh April 01, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Very true Elaine. I have relatives, here in Napa, that stay in a million dollar home, and refuse to lock their doors. They've been in this city forever and believe no crime will happen in their area. HA!! I love them with all my heart, but I'm just waiting for the day it happens to them. I'm told, my "paranoia" is from living in the Detroit area for 12 years. No, I just learned from experience myself.


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