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He kicked in the front door of an occupied house. Now he’s wanted by Lincoln police

Police are asking for help identifying a man who kicked in a Lincoln house’s door Tuesday morning only to discover the occupants were home asleep.

A neighbor’s video surveillance showed a white sedan pulling up at 3:16 a.m. to a cul-de-sac in the Sun City neighborhood. The passenger then jumped out, turned on a head lamp and ran out of the camera’s line of sight.

The suspect ran up to one of the houses and kicked the front door in, according to Lincoln Police Department Chief Doug Lee. When he realized a man and a woman were home, he turned around and fled back toward the car, which sped off as soon as he got in.

“It’s not something we’ve seen before, where someone kicks in the door and waits to see if someone’s there before (burglarizing) the place,” Lee said. “It’s pretty brazen.”

About 6 a.m., the man and woman heard a knock on their fractured door. They opened it to find an empty porch. The neighbor’s surveillance camera later showed the same car and same suspect approaching the house, knocking and running away before the door was answered, Lee said.

The suspect was wearing black shoes and lighter clothing, including what appears to be a hooded sweatshirt. No other information about the driver’s clothing or appearance was available.

Police reviewed security camera from gas stations and other nearby businesses but had not identified a suspect as of Wednesday morning, Lee said. He declined to disclose the street on which the incident occurred, citing concerns to the residents’ safety.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Lincoln Police Department at 916-645-4040.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel