Intruder breaks into occupied home; second incident in a week

He was confronted by a woman who threatened to release her dog

For the second time in less than a week, a stranger entered a local occupied home after dark, this time in unincorporated Woodside, and encountered a homeowner, shined a light in the homeowner's face, then ran off.

The most recent incident involves the home of a couple in their 60s living in the Emerald Hills neighborhood in the 4000 block of Jefferson Avenue.

At about 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, someone shattered a sliding glass door at the rear of the house, according to deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

At the time of the break-in, the lights in the house were off and the residents were in bed, deputies said. One of the homeowners, a woman, confronted the intruder in the house and the intruder responded by shining his flashlight in her face, deputies said.

When the homeowner threatened to release her dog, the intruder ran out of the house through the glass door he had broken, deputies said.

Deputies said they searched the area and spoke with neighbors, but did not find a suspect. The homeowner described the intruder as white or Hispanic, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, deputies said.

The homeowner was not injured.

Anyone with information about this crime can call the Sheriff's Office at 650-363-4911, or the anonymous tip line at 1-800-547-2700.

Previous incident

Four days earlier, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at about 4:15 a.m., a homeowner on Mountain Home Road in Woodside confronted an intruder who had entered the house through an unlocked door, according to sheriff's deputies.

As in the Jefferson Avenue incident, the homeowner confronted the intruder, who shined a light in the homeowner's face and ran off. The homeowner chased him, but he disappeared into a wooded area and deputies did not find a suspect after a search.

That intruder was described as wearing a dark-colored hooded jacket, deputies said.

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Posted by Jean
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Jan 25, 2016 at 12:13 pm

I'd like to see some stats on how many unoccupied homes have been broken into, and squatters found. I recently found this happened in Woodside and Atherton, and am alarmed at the new stats we are dealing with. Yes, people are desperate and weather is cold and wet, but what is the solution?

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Posted by CC
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jan 27, 2016 at 8:34 am

More effects from passing Prop. 47. Look how crime has spiked in the area since this happened. It is undeniable. Criminals are more entitled and less fearful than ever and more of them are on the street. All the people who want to defend the criminals as if they do these things because they are cold or hungry are the reason crime is spiking because they were/are behind prop 47.

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