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CPD issues warning about recent incidents in University, Corner areas

Local police have responded to several instances of a man attempting to make entry into residences since December

Charlottesville police are not certain at this time if the incidents are related.
Charlottesville police are not certain at this time if the incidents are related.

The City of Charlottesville issued a press release Thursday evening requesting information about recent incidents that have occurred in the University and Corner areas involving reports of a man attempting to enter private residences and loitering in the area.

According to the release, a man entered an apartment through an unlocked window in the area of Preston Avenue at night last month. The witness described the suspect as a 60-year-old white male around 5’7”-5’8” in height with a thin build, “beer belly” and thinning gray hair. It is not clear if anything was stolen in the incident.

Last week, Charlottesville police responded to several complaints of a man loitering in the area of the 17th Street NW, Chancellor Street and Madison Avenue in a gold minivan during the morning, day and evening hours. Witnesses say he knocked on the door of a sorority house but was not permitted to enter. He was described as a 40- to 50-year-old white male, 5’7”-5’8”, thin build and a long grey beard. 

CPD officers responded Thursday to a breaking and entering on 14th Street NW in which the victim said a man knocked on their door and asked to come into the apartment. When the suspect tried to step inside, the resident shut the door and the suspect attempted to enter through another door after looking inside through the window. The suspect is described as a white male around 5’7”-5’8” in height with short blonde hair and a thin, non-athletic build.

“At this time, it is not known if these incidents are related,” the press release said. “The Charlottesville Police Department asks that citizens remain vigilant. If you need immediate assistance, please dial 911.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact CPD at (434) 970-3280 or Crime Stoppers at (434) 977-4000, with a reward of up to $1,000 available for information leading to an arrest.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.