Paragould family wakes to burglar in home

Provided by: Paragould Police Department
Provided by: Paragould Police Department

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Paragould Police Department is investigating a burglary. However, it's not what was taken, but where the homeowners were when it happened that makes this burglary scary.

The family was in bed asleep when someone broke into their home in the middle of the night. Now, police are hoping surveillance video from the home will help put a suspect behind bars.

According to police reports, police were dispatched to the house in the Hwy 49 South area of Paragould around 3 a.m. late last week. The brazen burglar broke in and even went as far as going into one of the victim's bedrooms while they slept to steal things.

The alarm that finally tipped off family members was a family pet.

"A dog that was in the residence started barking when he realized that it was not a family member," Corporal Brad Snyder with the Paragould Police Department told Region 8 News.

Surveillance video outside the house shows the suspect quickly exiting the home after the run in with the dog. While the video is dark, police are hoping someone notices something about the suspect to put him behind bars.

Cpl. Snyder said this burglary was unusual.

"Typically with residential burglary, people are not at home," Snyder explained. "There's nobody at the residence so with this happening with somebody at home, it is somewhat concerning."

Even more concerning for the victim, who spoke with Region 8 News off-camera. The victim woke up to the dog barking, then heard the suspect running to get out of the house. The victim described the incident as "unnerving," especially knowing the suspect entered a bedroom while one victim was asleep.

Snyder wants to remind residents to keep your house secure regardless if you're at home or not.

"Make sure your doors are locked. Make sure your windows are locked. Make sure your garage door is down and if anything seems out of the ordinary, report that," Snyder advised.

Paragould Police say if you have any information about this incident, or recognize the suspected burglar, call their Crime Tip Hotline at 236-7621.

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