SAN LEANDRO -- Police are warning residents to be on the lookout for break-in bandits who are suspected of burglarizing two homes this week and, in each case, holding the female homeowner captive while they ransacked the house.

No one was injured during the burglaries.

The first heist took place about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 2300 block of Regatta Way, off Lewelling Boulevard, said Lt. Randall Brandt.

The second break-in took place about 1 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 600 block of Black Pine Drive, just off Davis Street.

During both burglaries, the suspects knocked on front doors and when no one answered, forced their way in, Brandt said.

Once inside, they encountered the female residents, who lived alone. At least one of the suspects stayed with each of the women while the remaining suspects ransacked the home.

The men then took undisclosed items and left the home.

Police said the suspects in the Regatta Way burglary were described as several men between ages 20 and 30. The suspects in the Black Pine Drive break-in were men between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-6, with short hair and wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts.

"Detectives are reviewing the details in both cases and trying to determine if they may be associated," Brandt said "If someone comes to your door and you don't recognize them, acknowledge them from behind a locked door and don't hesitate to call the police immediately."


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Anyone with information about the break-ins is asked to call police at 510-577-3230 or to call the Anonymous Tip Line at 510-577-3278.

Anonymous tips can also be sent to San Leandro Police Department by texting the word SLPD and the tip to 847411. Anonymous Web tips can be submitted from the Police Department's website at http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/pd/at.asp\

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.