An east Petaluma resident arrived home Monday to find their front door forced open and a stranger running out their side gate carrying their property, Petaluma police reported.

The alleged burglar jumped into a waiting black sedan and sped away from the Ely Boulevard home, said Sgt. Andrew Urton in a press release.

The resident called police at 2:50 p.m. and told officers the man was black, about 20 years old, 5-foot-9, 170 pounds with a medium build and wore a black T-shirt and blue jeans. He also had short hair and was clean shaven.

Later Monday afternoon police were called to a Crinella Drive home burglary.

That resident said they'd gotten home and found a side door forced open with items missing.

The two burglaries occurred blocks apart. Urton said it wasn't clear if the two were connected as there were no known witnesses to the Crinella Drive case.

He asked who might have seen something or who has information about the crimes to contact police at (707) 778-4372.

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