Regina Police are investigating a third incident in 8 days in which people were home while someone broke in. Officers say all three incidents happened within approximately 6 blocks of one another in Regina's North Central neighbourhood, and each of them happened around the same time of day. 

Police were called to a house on the 1600 block of Retallack Street just before 1:00 a.m. CST Saturday. Officers say there were five people at home when the suspect got inside. A 68-year-old man told them he heard a sound and encountered the unknown man with a knife. The two began to struggle and the 54-year-old man tried to intervene. Both men were sent to hospital with non-life-threatening wounds from the knife and have since been released.

The suspect is described as not Caucasian, about five feet ten inches tall and 30 to 40 years-old with short black hair. He fled north from the scene on a bicycle before police arrived.

2 other recent break-ins similar

Police say there are similarities with other break and enter incidents in the city—on July 9 and July 15—but they are not sure if the incidents are connected.

Police also responded to the home of a 61-year-old woman on the 1200 block of Athol Street at about 11:20 p.m. on July 9.The woman told police she had been downstairs when she heard a noise and when she came upstairs she found an unknown man inside her home. The man had broken down the door to get inside and grabbed a knife from her kitchen. Police said he then threatened the woman and demanded money. He got away with a small amount of cash. The woman was not hurt. 

 The suspect in that incident is described as aboriginal, 20-25 years-old and about five foot eight inches with a slim build.

Around 10:30 p.m. on July 15, police were called to a home on 1100 block Athol Street after a man first pounded on the door and then broke into the house of a 73-year-old woman. He threatened her with a knife and demanded cash. The woman was not injured. 

The suspect in that incident was described as about five feet ten inches, with dark brown eyes, a light to medium complexion and tattoos on both of his arms.

Police boost patrols

Police say they are stepping up their patrols in the area, and focusing extra resources on finding the suspect or suspects.

Police are still investigating all of the incidents and say they are warning people in the neighbourhood about the recent break-ins. They are encouraging people to leave lights on to deter thieves.

Anyone with information is asked to contact them at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.