Police searching for prowler roaming SLO neighborhood

San Luis Obispo police are warning residents that a prowler has been active in the neighborhood of Broad and Sandercock streets and, in one case, entered a home while a woman was asleep.

“We can't tie all of these events — at least four in recent days — to one person but the method and locations are concerning enough we want the public to be aware,” police Sgt. Keith Storton said Saturday.

“At this time, we are not aware if any thefts are associated with this series of prowling calls,” he added.

In all cases, residents in the neighborhood, which is near Hawthorne Elementary School, reported seeing a prowler after dark, “but we want to encourage people to be diligent about taking notice of suspicious activity in their neighborhoods at all hours,” Storton said.

In the most disturbing case, a woman awoke to find a prowler in her home and confronted him, causing him to flee, Storton said. That prowler was described as a Hispanic man, age 45 to 55, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, with short black hair and a mustache.

Police are taking the situation seriously and aggressively investigating all reports of prowling, Storton said. He urged residents to lock their doors and windows as part of a regular routine and recommended using security lights and other safety measures.

Anyone with information that may be helpful to the investigation is asked to contact the police department at 781-7317.