Man robbed after leaving residence when his car alarm sounded

Crime Watch

BPD – Bakersfield Police Department

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man in northeast Bakersfield was robbed at gunpoint after leaving his residence when his car alarm went off, police said.

The incident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. in the 2700 block of Idaho Street. The man left his residence upon hearing the alarm and was robbed by a man standing next to the driver’s side door of his vehicle, police said.

The robber took the man’s belongings and left in a white Kia Soul, police said. He’s described as black, about 6-foot-1, tattoos on the bridge of his nose and was wearing a bandanna covering the lower part of his face, a blue hooded sweatshirt and blue sweatpants.

Police said they are aware of a social media post stating there have been similar robberies, but said this is the only incident they’re aware of.

The department tweeted the following:

“We want to remind our community to always be alert, observant and aware of the people around you and your residence or business. If possible, utilize surveillance systems that alert you to activity on your property. This will help you be aware of subjects in the area before you leave your residence, especially during the evening hours when visibility is limited.

“When out at night, try to have a 2nd person with you—There is safety in numbers. Try to park your vehicle in your garage at all times, or in well-lit areas with good visibility. Beware of places where someone might hide; under stairs, in doorways, behind bushes, etc. Always lock your car–even if it’s in your own driveway–and never leave your engine running.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Diederich at 326-3558 or the BPD at 327-7111.

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