Lawrence police said two aggravated burglaries in which suspects forced their way into two Lawrence homes were reported early Tuesday morning.
Kim Murphree, a Lawrence police spokeswoman, said the first was reported at 4:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Illinois Street when a male resident reported he was asleep in his room when someone turned his light on.
He saw a black man in his 20s with an average build. The suspect fled, and police did not find him.
Murphree said entry into the home was probably made through a rear door because there were signs of forced entry.
The second one was reported about 5:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Maine Street. An 84-year-old woman was asleep when a door to her home was forced open. She turned on the lights and called 911. The suspect ran away before police arrived.
Nothing was taken.
Police have arrested two men since June in connection with burglaries in which a suspect has entered people’s homes, and investigators are working to solve dozens of other similar burglaries. In most cases, the suspect entered homes through unlocked or unsecured doors, rather than forcing their way inside, which was the case with the two most recent ones.
Murphree said she could not comment on whether Tuesday’s burglaries matched any past cases because police were still investigating the recent ones.