The Crime: The Bismarck Police Department is asking for help from anyone who might have information about an apartment burglary at 2021 N 14th Street that happened on Wednesday, May 15, at 4:30am. A female resident woke up to find an unknown male kneeling next to her bed who had apparently entered through the unlocked sliding doors. She yelled and he took off running down the hallway, out the front door and went out the south doors of the apartment building. He then ran south between the apartment buildings
The Suspect: The suspect is described as a possibly white male, with shaggy hair, wearing a dark colored American Fighter shirt with white lettering on the back. He was also wearing a dark colored baseball cap and khaki shorts.
If you have information: If you have information on this crime, please call Bismarck Police Investigator Dean Clarkson at 355-1906. Tell him you have information about case number 13-9274. To report information anonymously on this crime or any other crime, call Crime Stoppers at 224-TIPS (224-8477).
• To help prevent burglaries, keep your doors locked at all times. This will serve to protect you from unwanted intrusions whether you are home or not. It only takes a few seconds for someone to enter an unlocked apartment and steal your purse or other valuables. Keep your windows secured as well. If opened slightly for air, make sure the window is secured so as not to open further. This is especially true for ground floor apartments.
• Get to know the other tenants in your building or other residents in your area. Neighborhood Crime Watch encourages this activity, which helps to reduce crime in that area. Tenant get-togethers are a great way to meet and get to know the other tenants in your building or complex.
• Report any suspicious or criminal behavior immediately to the Police Department. If you are reporting a crime in progress or other emergency, use 9-1-1. For all other activity or to make a report, call 223-1212. The Bismarck Mandan Apartment Association and the Bismarck Police Department are working together to report and evict if criminal activity takes place.
• Do not invite strangers to your apartment right after you meet them. Do not let anyone into your apartment who you are not expecting or have not identified. If you live in a security building, verify who is at the door. Don’t just “buzz” them through into the building. You compromise everyone’s safety by not verifying identity.