DRACUT -- Police say a barking dog woke up a resident of a home on View Street in Dracut early Friday morning just in time for that resident to see a man dressed in black run out of his home through a sliding door.

The resident of 68 View St. chased the suspect down the street, but was unable to catch up or provide a description beyond that the suspect was thin and dressed in all black.

Police said that incident was one of two break-ins that occurred in the area early Friday morning.

Another break-in was reported at 395 Methuen St., less than a quarter-mile from 68 View St.

A resident of the home at 395 Methuen St., woke up and discovered her home had been broken into about 5:30 a.m.

It appears the home on Methuen Street was broken into via a first-floor window at some point overnight.

Police said the resident's car keys were taken off her table, and that the suspect or suspects then entered the residents' car and stole a laptop computer and about $100 out of her pocketbook.

Police believe the incidents are related due to the proximity in location and time, according to Deputy Chief David Chartrand.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dracut police at 978-957-2123.

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