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Senior taking a bath surprised by stranger in his house

Incident happened in The Ward on Monday night
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Guelph police are investigating after a homeowner confronted a man inside his house Monday evening.

Just after 8 p.m. police responded to a 911 call in the area of Huron Street and Ferguson Street. A male in his 70s reported he was in the bath when he heard a loud noise. He left the bathroom and found a male in the living room holding some of the victim’s possessions.

The man apologized, put down the items and left the house. Investigation revealed the suspect had forced open a patio door then cut a plastic sheet intended to block out breezes. Bolt cutters and a makeshift bladed tool were left behind. At the time there were several lights on inside the house and the victim’s car was in the driveway.

Officers located a bag of personal items believed to have been left by the subject including tools, Halloween masks, clothing and a rope. The suspect was described as a white male, six-foot-one, in his 30s with a slim build, light facial hair, bad teeth and tattoos on his hands. He was wearing a black jacket, black balaclava and a black backpack with red writing.