ANDOVER — Police searched the neighborhood of Bailey Road and Pleasant Street yesterday afternoon when a contractor saw a man running from the garage of the home he was working on.
The man was described as being in his 40s, wearing a white T-shirt and red shoes, according to scanner reports.
He took off into the woods around 3:30 p.m.
Police launched a search of the area but were unable to find anyone matching the description, calling off the search by 4:15 p.m., according to police.
That neighborhood was hit with several, midday housebreaks during the spring. A house on Bailey Road was robbed in March. In April, a house on nearby Greybirch Road was burglarized. Later in April, a house on Haggetts Pond Road was broken into. In most cases, electronics and jewelry were taken during the break-ins.
The rash of break-ins led to a community meeting attended by several hundred nervous residents. In one of the cases, a teenage girl was at home during the housebreak, leading residents to believe that the burglars could pose a threat to their safety.
Police said during the public forum that in most cases, the burglars are junkies looking for empty homes so that they can run in, grab some valuables, and run out. They usually then sell the stolen items for some quick cash to buy drugs.
Yesterday, police searched the woods behind the house at 55 Bailey Road, where a contractor reported the man fleeing from the garage. According to police, the man may have been trying to steal tools from the back of the contractor’s truck.
Police also searched the yards behind homes on Old Schoolhouse Road and Pleasant Street.
Additional details from police were unavailable yesterday.
These items were taken from local police logs: