Waltham police hope peephole photo will help in locating attempted break-in suspect

Waltham police are hoping this photo, taken by a resident through a peephole on a door, will help someone recognize a would-be burglar.
Waltham police are hoping this photo, taken by a resident through a peephole on a door, will help someone recognize a would-be burglar.Credit:

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect following several break-ins and attempted break-ins at Waltham homes.

On Wednesday, a possible suspect was knocking on the front doors of homes in the area of Winthrop Street, South Street, and the Highlands neighborhood, said Waltham Police Sergeant Dennis Deveney Jr. When the suspect knocked on one resident’s locked door, the resident took a photo after not recognizing the individual. The suspect then tried to break in the back of the home.

The resident called police, though the suspect had fled by the time police had arrived.

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Police have released the photo, which was taken through the door’s peephole, in the hopes someone from the neighborhood or in the area might recognize the suspect, Deveney said.

Previous descriptions of the suspect have described a Hispanic male, approximately 5-foot-t to 5-foot-8, with a medium build, though Deveney could not say whether the break-ins and attempted break-ins are connected ,due to the ongoing investigation.

Deveney urged the public to be vigilant and report anyone matching the suspect description.

“The quicker we are called the more likely we are able to apprehend someone,” the police department wrote on its Facebook page.

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