Burglary/Assault on Walnut
On 8/22/13 at 3:11 A.M., officers were dispatched to a burglary in the 1200 block of E. Walnut Street. The investigation revealed the female victim was asleep in her apartment when a male subject rolled over onto her. The victim woke up and saw a male leaving the apartment. The suspect entered through an unlocked door. The victim described the suspect as a male with a light complexion, possible Middle Eastern descent, with a very thick accent, around 5'7", with a thin build and short brown hair. The victim did not know the suspect. The suspect description in this case is similar in two prior cases from 7/21/13 and 7/26/13. The investigation is ongoing.
Here are some burglary prevention tips:
Ensure all doors and windows are secure
Leave ample exterior/interior lights on, or use timers
Give the residence the appearance that someone is home
If anyone has any information about these incidents please contact the Columbia Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (573)875-TIPS to remain anonymous.