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Police: Man Sneaks Into Idaho Falls Bedrooms

Can you imagine waking up in the middle of the night to find a stranger next to your bed? Police say that’s exactly what happened to two people in Idaho Falls early Friday morning.

Police aren’t releasing the victims’ names, but said neither was physically hurt. For those who live nearby, the bedroom break-ins were downright disturbing.

“He’s a creepo, man,” said resident Zachary Rhondeau. “Like, that kid needs to be caught and beat with a stick.”

“It would be creepy. It would be really creepy,” said Linda Oswald, who’s lived in the neighborhood for 25 years.

Police said at about 4 a.m., in the 700 block of Brandon Drive., a 26-year-old woman woke up when the suspect touched her. When she screamed, he left.

Police think he got in through an unlocked garage door.

“She did report a wallet stolen from her car in the garage,” said Joelyn Hansen, public information officer for the Idaho Falls Police Department.

The man struck again before 5 a.m., at a home in the 2100 block of Rendezvous Road, according to police. It’s just a one-minute drive away.

That time, it was the bedroom of a 16-year-old boy.

“He woke up to find this guy kneeling in his room,” said Hansen.

Once again, police said, when the boy yelled, the man took off.

Now police are looking for the man victims described as a 5 feet 5 inches tall with a medium build, wearing a black hoodie and appearing to be in his 20s.

“It”s a good community around here,” said Rhondeau. “I just hope he gets caught. That’s wrong.”

Oswald said it’s a pretty quiet neighborhood. She’s not concerned for herself because her doors are always locked.

“You just can’t be too careful,” said Oswald.

Police said while both victims were touched, there was not any sexual assault.

Idaho Falls police issued a warning on Friday afternoon, telling everyone to lock their doors and windows.

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