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Similar break-ins have happened before

Breaking into an occupied home at night for a burglary or sexual assault falls into a category of crime that brings heightened concern from police officers.

"It is unusual. Thankfully we don't get a lot of hot prowl burglaries or people going in to touch a child," Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Lisa Banayat said.

"It's pretty brazen," she said.

While unusual compared to the overall number of violent crimes, they occur with enough frequency for people to be vigilant in locking doors and windows and protecting themselves.

In addition to Tuesday morning's break-in in the South Park area of Santa Rosa, here's a sampling of some of the incidents that have occurred in Sonoma County:

A 13-year-old Santa Rosa girl reported being accosted by a male neighbor in her home at 2:20 a.m. May 24.

When the girl woke a parent in a nearby bedroom, the man ran from the home in the 2100 block of Tokay Street, police said.

Officers found property from the girl's home at the neighbor's home and arrested Gregory Mawn, 40.

Mawn remained in custody Tuesday without bail because of a probation violation. He was charged with committing a lewd act on a child under 14 and burglary.

On Dec. 22, 2007, an Occidental man followed two women to their Cotati home, snuck inside through an unlocked door and stripped naked. He then went to one sleeping woman and pulled down her pajama bottoms.


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