ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – Deputies are asking for the public's help in identifying a vehicle and its driver in connection with a possible home burglary Thursday in the Johns Creek subdivision, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office announced Monday.
The Sheriff's Office also released a still image of a silver Chevrolet Equinox, which deputies said was seen on video in the subdivision off County Road 210, just east of South Hampton.
The driver, who is a person of interest, was described as a man in his late 30s to early 40s who is about 5 feet, 8 inches tall and has a shaved head, according to deputies.
Neighbors such as Ashely Eastep told News4Jax that the burglary was alarming.
"It's an uneasy feeling because you have children constantly playing and you never know what’s going to happen. First, it could be this. Next time, who knows?" Eastep said.
According to neighbors, a woman was at the home when a man walked inside. They said one of the people who live in the home had to hide in a room and called 911.
News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said that's how people are supposed to react if an intruder walks in.
"Try to hide. Try to lock yourself in your room somehow. Barricade that door if at all possible. Get on the phone right away and call 911," Jefferson said.
Neighbors said they're on high alert and will be making sure their doors and cars are locked at all times.
In the meantime, anyone who recognizes the description of the person of interest or who has seen the sport utility vehicle is asked to email Detective R. Owens at rowens@SJSO.org.