A teenager who stumbled over a burglar packing up items he intended to steal from a home on the 1000 block of North Humphrey Ave. Monday morning was unhurt during what turned into a home invasion.
Police say the man forced open a rear window of the house just after 10 a.m. Nov. 24. The juvenile, who had been sleeping upstairs, ran into the thief on the stairway.
"I think it was a burglary and he found the kid," said Detective Sgt. Art Borchers. "I don't think either one of them knew the other was in the house.
The intruder then threatened the young man with a household knife and tied him up.
About that time a friend drove up to drive the boy to work. After going to the front door and seeing the intruder in the house, the friend returned to his car and started honking his horn. The burglar abandoned the packed up items and fled the house with only $45 in cash.
Borchers said investigators have a description of the intruder, who spent a period of time in the house.