Two more homes were invaded on upper Panoramic Hill on Monday, Oct. 18th AFTER the apprehension of burglary suspect Bill Bailey.
Burglar(s) ransacked the home of the Swans, who rent the lower floor of 904 Panoramic (at the end of the road where it meets the fire trail). They stole jewelry, a camera and computer. The total haul was small enough for one person to carry in a pack. The invasion occurred in broad daylight sometime between 10 am and 7 pm. The culprit(s) broke in by removing glass slats from a window in an area that isn’t publicly visible from the road or walkways. A car with two suspicious-looking black men wearing ski caps was spotted driving up the hill around the time Ms Swan left at 10 am.
Earlier in the day, around 5 am, someone broke into Jacoba MacKay’s house at 690 Panoramic. Jacoba was sleeping and thought the noise was just the garbageman. When she got up, she discovered that a downstairs window had been broken off its hinges and the screen carefully removed. It’s not clear whether anyone gained entry to the house, or whether they were frightened off. Nothing was stolen. The window was hidden along a dark back side of her house. It was high up, difficult to reach for someone who isn’t tall.
Jacoba and the Swans reported the break-ins to the Oakland Police, but they didn’t arrive until the next day. OPD doesn’t normally respond immediately to burglaries unless they are actually in progress. They performed a perfunctory investigation. They didn’t take fingerprints, saying that it would be useless for purposes of charging the suspects.
Residents should beware that more than just one burglar has been watching the hill!