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Suspect breaks into sleeping woman's bedroom in Clearwater

Posted at 10:03 PM, Dec 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 05:42:55-05

Clearwater police are seeking the public's help to identify a man who broke into a sleeping woman's bedroom on the city's east side Saturday morning. 

The incident occurred about 4:30 a.m.

The intruder was seen on surveillance video jiggling the door knob. When that doesn't work, he heads towards a window. 

The homeowner, who asked not to be named, tells ABC Action News that the intruder slashed the screen and entered through the unlocked window.

When the homeowner woke up after her dog started barking. She says she woke up to a man in her bedroom telling her to put a pillow over her head.

“Put a pillow over your head… that’s chilling…"

The intruder ran out of the house soon after because of her dog's loud barking, the homeowner believes. She was left unharmed. 

He was described as being in his mid to late 40s, about 5-feet-10 to 6-foot tall, and weighing about 200 pounds. He had salt and pepper colored hair and a gray goatee.

The home intruder was wearing black-rim glasses, black pants, black jacket and a black hat.

Anyone with information about the burglar should call the Clearwater Police Department at (727) 562-4242 or email