A house intrusion that took place on Friday night at Lakeshore Drive and Hillside Beach is currently under investigation by police. The Little Elm Police Department has detectives looking into possible suspects and is working with a state agency to run fingerprints.
The intrusion was something out of the ordinary for the town. According to the resident, the house break-in occurred at approximately 2:30 in the morning and the police arrived immediately after. The unknown individual entered the house without breaking in using an unlocked door. The person proceeded to come into the bedroom of the home, where both a wife and her husband were sleeping, and “ruffled” the sheets. Once the homeowners recognized this, the suspect left the premises.
“It is a situation that doesn’t occur around here and we have very limited information to go on right now. The suspect ruffled the bed and left. We have no look a-likes or sound a-likes to this incident,” Police Chief Rodney Harrison said.
While the suspect was in the home, nothing was stolen, adding to the odd nature of the crime. Harrison said the police department is talking with the wife and husband to inch closer to finding a suspect. Detectives took fingerprints off the door handle and submitted them to the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) through the state.
“We have taken fingerprints from the door handle where the family believes the suspect entered the home from. We are doing our due diligence,” Harrison said. “Door handles are very commonly used though. The fingerprints could come back and be of the family or a member of the household.”
This situation comes during a peculiar week for the police department. On the complete other side of the town there was another home invasion that resulted in no stolen materials. A perpetrator, who was high on methamphetamines at the time, attempted to use his house key on the wrong house. When that did not work, he went to the window and attempted to call for help to the people in the house. He eventually broke the window, cutting himself, and sat on the couch until the ambulance came.
“I don’t see any relation to it but it has just been bizarre. That home invasion was from intoxication and the women actually wrapped a towel around the intruder until the ambulance came,” Harrison said. “We found his key on the doorstep where he tried to get in just laying there. He was in the wrong neighborhood.”
Some in the town have speculated that this intrusion on Friday was linked to a string car burglaries. It has been spotted that some suspects are opening unlocked cars and trying to steal the contents inside of the car. Harrison also said that is unconnected.
“Car burglaries are typically young teenage males. They try to steal anything of value in the car. We don’t see any relation on this either," Harrison said.
As of right now, the chase for this suspect in the home intrusion case is still ongoing. Harrison says the, “bottom line is we don’t have any suspects right now but we are working with the household member."