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A would-be burglar sprinted away from two different homes on the Southwest Side early Tuesday morning when yelled at by the respective homeowners, getting nothing for his attempts.

The two attempted burglaries were on Welton Drive and Chautauqua Trail, both in the upscale High Point Estates subdivision.

A homeowner on Welton Drive was awakened at about 3:50 a.m. when he heard someone at the patio door, trying to open the screen door.

"He looked out and saw a stranger," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. "The 34-year-old homeowner opened a window and yelled out, causing the person to quickly run away."

While officers were at the Welton Drive residence, a 55-year-old man drove up, telling police he was driving around looking for a man who had been inside his son's car.

The Chautauqua Trail resident told police he woke up when his dog started barking, looking out a window to see someone rummaging around inside the car.

"He ran outside and the would-be thief sprinted away," DeSpain said. "It did not appear he was able to steal anything, since the crime had been interrupted."

Officers feel the same suspect was responsible for both attempted break-ins.

"Both victims described him as being very fast," DeSpain said.

The suspect is a black male, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing light- to medium-colored jeans, dark jacket and winter cap.

Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.