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Northwest DC neighbor interrupts burglary in progress -- again

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For the second time in six weeks, a quiet neighborhood in Northwest D.C. has been rattled by a burglary in the middle of the afternoon. Each time, the homeowner walked in and came face-to-face with the thief.

It happened again Friday on Broad Branch Road at Stephenson Place.

Matt Davis happened to stop by his house just as the frightened homeowner came running up asking for help.

"She had come home and found a man in her kitchen, trying to grab and steal whatever he could find," Davis says.

Davis and the frightened homeowner called police who surrounded the house, trying to flush the burglar out.

"When I stopped to have a look, they waved me on," says Norman Schou. "And then the bullhorns sounded telling everyone to stay inside."

After about ten minutes, Schou says police bullhorns signaled the all-clear.

"They found no one," he says.

Neighbors say it's the second time in six weeks that a resident has interrupted a burglary in progress.

Mona El-Bayoumi says in February, her neighbor on Stephenson Place came home at 2 p.m. and found a man in her bedroom.

"She heard something upstairs and went into her bedroom and found a man there,” says El-Bayoum. “Nicely dressed white man with handfuls of her jewelry. The jewelry, meant for her grandchildren, was stolen by this man."

She says the burglar ran from the home, hopped a fence in the backyard and got away.

Police say the homeowner in Friday’s burglary could offer only a vague description of the man she saw in her kitchen: 5'8", 160 pounds, with brown hair and a medium complexion.

Bill Reese is wondering what's going on in Chevy Chase in the District.

"The neighbors watch out for each other, so you just would never expect something like that in this quiet neighborhood," Reese says.

After 43 years on the block, Schou is now rethinking his home's security.

"This is one of the safest neighborhoods in the city, but it's not safe," says Schou. "We all have to keep our doors locked."

Several neighbors have already contacted security firms about adding an alarm system.

Police are advising residents to take a tour of their homes and secure any easy access points for thieves, like air conditioning units in the window, basement windows and sliding glass doors.

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