Police warn of burglars who get house keys from unlocked cars

Police warn of burglars who get house keys from unlocked cars
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Madison police say two recent burglary cases are similar because the burglar got into the homes using keys left in unlocked cars.

A burglar entered a Madison home while a family slept, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the burglar entered a home on Paunack Avenue early Monday morning. The mother heard footsteps, awoke and alerted her husband. He told police he heard the front door slam as he went to investigate.

Electronics including laptop computers and cellphones were stolen, as was a wallet, police said.

Police believe the burglar might have used house keys left in an unlocked vehicle to get inside the home.

Detectives said a similar case happened on March 20 on Pickford Street. In that case, house keys in an unlocked Jeep were used to get into the home. Two purses were taken.

The burglar also took the Jeep, which was later found March 23 at the intersection of Homstead and Pilgrim drives in Fitchburg. One of the stolen purses was found March 20 in the 5800 block of Russett Road.