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Berks grandmother comes face to face with burglar

By Dwayne Parker, Reporter, DParker@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 29 2013 09:30:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 30 2013 03:34:18 PM CDT

Close call for Berks grandmother

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. -

It was a close call for a grandmother from Muhlenberg Township who came face to face with a burglar at her own home.

The crime happened Monday around 2 p.m., in the 3400 block of Eisenhower Avenue, while the victim was inside the home taking care of her six-year-old granddaughter.

Police say the burglar was wearing a black hoody sweatshirt and jeans, and carrying a blue crow bar

The grandmother confronted the burglar, police said, and then he fled the scene.

"The neighborhood is really safe, but now everybody's scared," said Oscar Soto, neighbor.

Authorities say the burglar got away in a brown or tan Honda SUV.

New information released Tuesday afternoon revealed that the Honda also had a chrome brush guard on the front of the vehicle.

Neighbors also say that the burglar fled the scene, driving in reverse, so the victims wouldn't see the license plate.

Police are looking for a black or Hispanic male, 18 to 24 years of age.

They also say the burglar could have a shiny crow bar in his possession.

No one was injured, investigators said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Alert: Berks County immediately.

The number is 877-373-9913.

Anonymous calls are accepted, and you could earn up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.