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KC woman wakes to find thieves with flashlights in her hallway

Updated: 2014-02-03T23:26:12Z

Kansas City police are looking for two men who broke into a woman’s house early Monday while she and her three young children were sleeping.

The woman said she awoke in her bedroom about 1:20 a.m. to the sound of someone banging on her rear kitchen window in the 8700 block of East 111th Street. She then heard someone walking inside her house. She quickly dialed 911. Her three children, ages 1, 3 and 5, were asleep in their bedrooms.

According to a police report, the footsteps became louder as the intruders approached her bedroom. Through her opened bedroom door, she could see two men with flashlights standing in her hallway. They shined the lights into each bedroom, then walked back toward the living room.

The woman then saw a flashlight shine into her bedroom from outside her window. She looked outside and saw a police officer. Another officer rang her doorbell. She jumped up and slammed her bedroom door closed, which the officers heard.

The officers then heard footsteps in the snow behind the house. They saw two men fleeing into a creek bed. They asked for backup officers to chase the suspects while they checked on the victims.

The suspects escaped. The woman said the intruders stole two computer tablets.

Police say they think the intruders got into the house through a rear kitchen window.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to

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