LIVERMORE -- A recent spike in daytime burglaries continued Thursday, when two homes separated by only five miles were invaded by what appear to be the same burglars, police said.
A white SUV and people wearing the same clothes were seen during both incidents, Livermore police Sgt. John Hurd said.
The first burglary was reported around 10:15 a.m. when a resident in the 700 block of Catalina Drive called police to report that the home had been entered through a front window and jewelry had been stolen, Hurd said. A neighbor told police a white SUV, possibly a mid-1990s Mercedes-Benz, was seen in the area and that the vehicle had black molding approximately 2 inches wide on its lower third, Hurd said.
Neighbors said two males, one an adult and one possibly a teenager, were standing by the SUV near the victim's residence, Hurd said.
A short time later, around 10:50 a.m., a resident in the 5400 block of Kathy Way reported that two people rang the doorbell of the home and knocked on the door loudly, Hurd said. The resident didn't answer, but moments later saw the men climbing through a front window, Hurd said.
When the two discovered the resident was home, they fled west on Kathy Way on foot, Hurd said. A white SUV was seen in the area and headed east on Kathy Way moments after the two fled¿, Hurd said.
Video surveillance from a neighboring home captured ¿them fleeing.¿
The incidents were similar in nature to a rash of burglaries during which eight Livermore homes within a five-male radius were burglarized between June 9 and June 11, Hurd said. The common link to the burglaries, Hurd said, has been their timing. They occurred during the day in the middle of the week and usually on roads close to a freeway, and involved a person knocking on a door or ringing a doorbell before entry, Hurd said.
Police are advising children who may be home during the day to go to a place of safety in their ¿house and try to observe who is at the door if someone knocks. If they don't recognize the person, they are urged to call police immediately.
Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rdERH.