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Burglar breaks into home of sleeping woman

A rare instance of a break-in and burglary was reported in West Linn Wednesday night.

Between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. Wednesday night one or more subjects broke into a home in the 6000 block of Skyline Circle by breaking a side window in a basement door.

The resident, 88-year-old Brenda Pfahl, was home asleep during the event, according to West Linn Police Sgt. Dave Kempas. She had her hearing aids out and didn’t hear the break-in, he said.

Items stolen include $10,000 worth of jewelry, a $4,500 Rolex watch, her purse, car keys, a laptop and her 2000 red Volkswagen Beetle with license plate XTW010. The thief or thieves entered the woman’s bedroom, where the jewelry was kept.

The times of the crime are based on the victim waking up at about 2:30 in the morning because she was cold. She put on a night shirt and went back to bed. The burglary was not discovered until she awoke later that morning.

Police say this is an isolated incident. Kempas said Skyline Court is a one-block street with very few homes on it.

He recommends using house alarms if you have them and said, “Anytime you see anything suspicious, call it in.”

There are no suspects at this time. If you have information, contact West Linn Police Department Officer Taylor Neil or Detective Mike Francis at 503-655-6214. Should you see the car, call 911.



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