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Chino residents warned of serial burglar who hit eight homes

Chino police are warning residents about a serial burglar who they believe has conducted as many as eight such crimes in the last month and attacked at least two female residents.

Investigators say the burglar targets homes with open windows and takes property, such as purses, that are visible from outside.

The burglaries have occurred between about 9 p.m. and midnight in a one-square-mile area bounded by Central Avenue and Mountain Avenue and the 60 Freeway and Riverside Drive, authorities said in a statement.      

In the "majority of the cases," the burglar has struck while the victims were at home. Police are urging residents to keep their windows and doors locked and not to confront the burglar “due to his propensity for violence.”

Police said the burglar is 18 to 30 years old, about 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10 and wears a hooded sweatshirt.

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-- Matt Stevens

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