Naked tickling burglar sought
Posted on Fri, Jul. 22, 2005
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Police say one man could be responsible for a string of bizarre break-ins over four years involving a naked perpetrator who sometimes tickles the feet of sleeping elderly women.
The latest break-ins happened Saturday and Sunday in two separate homes, but investigators suspect the same man is responsible for five similar, unsolved cases reported in the area since 2001.
New Smyrna Beach police say they've been unable to catch him in part because they haven't had much evidence.
The incidents vary slightly, but most of the victims are over 60, said police Cmdr. Wade Kirby.
Usually the intruder is naked, but sometimes partially clothed, Kirby said. Sometimes he tickles the women's feet, as he allegedly did Saturday night, and sometimes he's discovered and flees before touching them, Kirby said.
Each time, the man ran off after being noticed.