The latest in a string of Falls Township, Bucks County break-ins involved the victim, a Levittown woman, suffering a punch to the face.
A woman thought she saw someone in her house as she arrived home from work close to 4 p.m. Thursday, according to Falls Township police.
However, she did not call the police.
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About 45 minutes later, she heard a noise coming from a bedroom. When she went to check it out, a man with dark curly hair came out of the room and struck her in the face. He then escaped the home through the back door.
The police report said the victim, who suffered small lacerations to her face and swollen lips, ran to a neighbor’s house to get help. The neighbor ran to the victim’s house to check for the perpetrator before and a full 10 minutes passed, police said, before they were called.
Police were investigating to see if anything was taken from the home and to determine if this break-in is connected to similar incidents earlier this week. Police said Thursday more than one person is likely responsible for the recent spate of burglaries. That statement came after an attempted burglary was reported Wednesday night on Post Lane.
"This is not the same description of the person who confronted a homeowner on Post Lane," police said. "It appears we have three different groups committing residential burglaries in our Levittown sections."
Five similar overnight burglaries have occurred recently in Levittown, North Park, Willowood and Thornridge. In each of those five cases, burglars entered homes while residents were asleep.
"If you arrive home and feel something is not right please call the police before you enter your home," Falls Township Police said. "If you see anyone suspicious please call the police to check them out."