Police warn of serial burglar on Bainbridge Island

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. -- Residents in remote areas of Bainbridge Island have found themselves in the clutches of a serial burglar undeterred by locked doors and windows, according to the Bainbridge Island Police Department.

According to police, weekday, daytime burglaries have spiked recently, especially in remote areas with light traffic and cemeteries or other parking options nearby.

Detectives believe the burglaries are likely the work of one person, who is stealing guns, prescription drugs and jewelry from locked and unlocked homes alike.

According to police, the culprit may drive around to scope out potential targets before parking nearby and returning to the neighborhood on foot. Residents are urged to call 911 if they see anyone or anything suspicious.

"Please don't be hesitant to call 911 to report suspicious activity," Chief Matthew Hamner said in a press release. "We would rather have a call turn out to be nothing than to have another one of our residents victimized. We need the community to be our extra sets of eyes and ears in order to catch this burglar."