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Westminster police search for burglary suspect

Police in Westminster were searching Sunday for a burglary suspect who was found naked under a bed by a startled homeowner.

Officers were called to the home in the 6300 block of Shawnee Road at about 3:40 a.m. Saturday after the man fled -- still shirtless but having put on a pair of khaki pants, said Commander Bill Lewis.

The man told the homeowner he was on drugs and apologized. He brandished no weapon and escaped before retrieving any possessions. No one in the home was hurt.

The man had apparently entered the home using a ladder found next to a shed to climb through a second-story window, Lewis said. The homeowner told police he discovered the intruder when he heard unusual sounds coming from beneath a bed.

Police said it was unknown why the man decided to disrobe. Police dogs tracked the suspect for half a mile before losing the trail, Lewis said. He is described as Latino, 20 to 25 years old, about 5-foot-9 and 145 pounds, bald with a heavy mustache and a tattoo on the back of his neck. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (714) 548-3767.

-- Carla Rivera

 
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