COEUR d'ALENE - A burglar who made off with a gun, some watches and three boxes of breakfast cereal appears to have used a dog door to gain entry to a Seventh Street residence Friday night.
The resident left his home for several hours, and told police investigators that he locked the back door knob before leaving. When he returned around 9:30, he told police he used his key to open the back door and noticed the inside cover to the dog door on the kitchen floor.
There was no damage to the back door or frame, and no sign that entry had been made through the home's front door or any of the windows.
The police investigator made note of the small dog door in the report, and wrote: "It seemed possible that somebody could unlock the door by reaching through the dog door."
The resident reported several items missing, including a loaded black Makarov nine millimeter semi-automatic pistol, two watches valued at $500 each, a box of Cheerios, a box of Raisin Bran, and a box of "frosted squares."
A witness reported that a strange man emerged from the back yard of the home that was burglarized during the hours the resident was away. The witness told police the man was drinking what appeared to be a bottle of orange juice, possibly Sunny Delight, and carrying what appeared to be a piece of cardboard in his other hand.
The suspect is described as a white male, 40-45 years old with a thin build, 150 to 170 pounds, between 5-foot-10 and six feet tall, unshaven with gray or blond hair, and light-skinned. He was wearing black, dark sunglasses with thick frames, a black baseball cap and blue and black basketball shorts.