PSP: cat alerts Wapwallopen woman of would-be cat burglar

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]

WAPWALLOPEN — A Wapwallopen woman was startled Sunday to find that an intruder was creeping around in her home.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Cinthea Ann Bianco-Martinson, 61, was in her Sunset Road home at around 6 p.m. Sunday when the incident occurred.

She and her cat were lying in bed in the second-floor bedroom, when the cat suddenly leaped from the bed towards the door.

Bianco-Martinson sat up in bed, and could see through her bedroom door that a man was crawling up the stairs on his hands and knees towards her room.

The victim began to scream, causing the man to run back down the stairs and out of the home.

State Police say an investigation showed that the male entered through the unlocked back door. No items were removed from the home.

The victim said the man was of medium build and was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt. She was unsure of his age or race.

A follow-up investigation from PSP showed that several area residents had seen a suspicious male in a hooded sweatshirt in the area between 6:30 and 7 p.m. after the incident.

The male was also seen on three other occasions in the area in the past two weeks. In all three occasions, the male ran to a nearby wooded area after residents spotted him.

PSP Hazleton are asking that anyone with information contact them at 570-459-3890.

By Patrick Kernan

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Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan

Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan