Would-be crooks case occupied homes

FAYETTEVILLE Residents tell Eyewitness News the would-be crooks are bold.

Kim Pryzgoda has lived in the Bryce Creek neighborhood off Morganton Road for eight years.

She said Monday, while her children were home from school because of MLK Day, a man made several attempts to break into homes in her usually quiet neighborhood.

"Looking in windows during the day, knocking on doors, breaking into houses if people were not home," Pryzgoda told Eyewitness News. "And if he was found lurking around, he would tell people he was looking for a lost dog and show people a picture of a dog."

Another homeowner in the neighborhood said the would-be crook tried to break in all the doors surrounding the house but left after being confronted by the woman's 18-year-old daughter.

The suspect apparently got into his car and then broke into another house in the neighborhood. The security alarm scared him away from that property.

Police say now there's more than one suspect casing homes in several Morganton Road neighborhoods, including Vanstory Hills and the Courtyards.

"One of our challenges is they [residents] didn't call 911 on some of these," said Katherine Bryant, Fayetteville Police Department. "They saw it and the bells didn't go off. And what we want them to do is call 911 immediately. Let us know. Let us come out there. We can check the person out. We can check the vehicle out, and maybe we can connect him to a crime that's occurred in that area."

Even though the suspect has confronted residents, no one has been hurt.

"We'd really love to see the police catch him so we don't have to worry about it anymore -- worry about our kids," Pryzgoda said.

If you have any information about any of the incidents or see any suspicious activity, call the Fayetteville Police Department.

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