Burglars struck three homes inside the Pasadena Yacht and Country Club today.
At one home, an 11-year-old girl was inside when the burglar entered; she called her father, who worked only a few miles away. He came home, retrieved his gun, and saw the suspect fleeing on foot. He got in his car and chased the suspect to the golf course, at which point he got out of his car. The suspect turned, pointed a gun at the homeowner, and the homeowner fired three times at the suspect. The suspect fled; police say they do not believe the homeowner hit the suspect who remains at large.
Gulfport Police arrived on the scene at about noon. The homeowner who chased the suspect provided police with an eyewitness account as well as surveillance video from his home.
The video shows the suspect knocking at the front door and receiving no answer. He then went to the back of the house and broke a window. He wore black shorts, black and white Puma shoes, a black polo shirt with a grey long sleeve shirt underneath, a black hat, black sunglasses, a necklace and a black watch. Police say he was a white male in his early mid 20s, just over six feet tall with a slender build (180-190 pounds) with no remarkable facial hair.
To avoid compromising the integrity of the investigation, police will not release the specifics of items taken or the names of the victims. They have released the surveillance video and ask for the community’s help in identifying the suspect. Detective Sergeant Tom Woodman asks that anyone with information call the Gulfport Police at 893-1030 and ask to speak with the on-duty supervisor.
As with another burglary elsewhere Gulfport (reported in the November 15 Gabber), two of the burglarized homes were not locked. Detective Sergeant Woodman reminded Gulfportians – once again – to secure their property.
“You can be a victim of crime anywhere,” he said Friday evening.
View the surveillance video here.