State police searching for break-in suspect in Danvers

DANVERS, MASS. (WHDH) - State police are warning residents to be on alert as they search for a break-in suspect in Danvers.

Troopers, K-9 units, and a state police Air Wing helicopter are assisting with the search for a break-in suspect in the area of Mohawk Drive.

A woman who was home at the time of the break-in hid in her bedroom while she called her husband to alert him to the intruder.

“She called me, and I told her to call the police. She said, ‘I think somebody’s downstairs.’ I said, ‘Call the police right now, I’m coming,'” her husband, Sam, said. “She was upstairs and locked herself in the bedroom. I think they heard her footsteps and then they got out.”

Sam said he thinks the would-be thief tried opening Christmas presents that were in the house and took off after hearing his wife upstairs.

“As far as this neighborhood, those are unusual activities,” said concerned neighbor Even Brennan. “It’s not commonplace. This is a neighborhood where you feel pretty safe.”

Residents are being warned that they will see increased police activity in the area while the search is underway.

“I’ve never had that happen before,” Sam said. “It’s pretty scary.”

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