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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Kennewick police catch a man they believe is behind a string of occupied home burglaries. Police said the burglar just walked right into people's homes even though they were there.
He's 22-year-old Darin Stewart, a convicted sex offender who police believe is turning an old habit into a new crime.
Back in May he walked right into a women's apartment at the Hawaiian Village and sexually assaulted her.
Then just last month he allegedly walked into a different apartment where a women was also home alone and this time started going through her purse.
"He's obviously showing through his past crimes and what we're seeing now an escalation. He definitely appears to have tendencies towards entering people's unlocked homes when they're there, that's a dangerous situation," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.
Police said Stewart also walked into a home off Volland, and someone's apartment in the Herron Lake complex. Stewart had been staying there with a friend. When neighbors found what Stewart had allegedly been doing they were shocked.
"He'd just walk in and he'd just ask us if he could use the phone we'd tell him, yeah for a couple minutes, but no long distance, and he'd go into my bedroom where my daughter sleeps," said Mason Giancoli, Herron Lake Resident.
Police said they only have enough evidence to link Stewart to three burglaries so far but they think there's more out there and they want you to report it.
"If somebody out there has additional information on other crimes he may be involved in, we'd certainly like to know because we would like to have as many cases against him as possible to try to keep him incarcerated as long as possible," said Lattin.