St. Joseph County Police are searching for answers after the area was struck by two home invasions in less than 24 hours.
And police believe that one person may be responsible for both crimes.
The most recent incident occurred around 8:20 p.m. on Saturday in the 18000 block of Pauls Way in Clay Township. That is in the Tawny Lake subdivision.
The elderly resident told police that a man rang her doorbell and held up a picture of a dog. The woman could not understand what he was saying, and she refused to open the door.
But just five minutes later, she heard a noise near the front of her home prompting her to activate the panic button for her home security system.
When officers arrived at the scene they discovered that her front door knob had been broken off and the rear sliding glass door had been shattered.
The woman was not hurt, but the suspect got away with some money and jewelry.
It is a very similar situation to Friday night’s break-in which involved an elderly couple robbed at gunpoint. It happened about three miles away in the 54000 block of Ivy Rd. near Douglas Rd. just before 8:30 p.m.
Police say a man kicked in the couple’s door, pointed a gun at them and demanded money.
No one was hurt, but he did escape with some cash.
The suspect in both cases is described as a think white or Hispanic man around six feet tall with wavy brown hair.
Although investigators cannot say for certain that the two home invasions are linked, they do say that they are not ruling it out.
Anyone with information should call the police.