MASON, Ohio (FOX19) - Police say they are searching for a man who wore a ski mask when he robbed a woman of her purse early Tuesday.
The robbery was reported at 6:05 a.m. in the 7500 block of Somerset Drive. That’s in a condo complex attached to White Blossom subdivision off Mason-Montgomery Road, they said.
The victim said the suspect stole her purse and all its contents as she got ready to leave for work.
Police then received a call of a possible sighting of the suspect in a different subdivision, Lexington Park off Mason Montgomery Road and Western Row Road.
A woman reported seeing a man matching that description on a porch on Raceway Court. She reportedly told police a man in a black ski mask rang her doorbell then ran off.
FOX19 NOW spoke with the woman’s son, who wished to remain anonymous.
“My mother was home with my two boys,” he said. “She came to the door, and there was a guy with a mask and a gun and he just ran away.”
As to why he believes the man did that, he says the garage door was open and guesses the man was trying to see if people were home to steal “whatever he could steal.”
Police went to the subdivision and searched for him. They say they stopped vehicles in the neighborhood and looked inside them, but he remains at large.
Officers said they cannot confirm at this point if the stolen purse and the report of a man wearing a ski mask nearby are connected.
Late Tuesday afternoon, FOX 19 NOW confirmed with police that a third break-in happened.
This time, police said a car was broken into on Plantation Court, just a few minutes away from the second attempted break-in.
All Mason City Schools were on modified lockdown while police set up a perimeter and a K9 was used to try and track the suspect.
The lockdown was lifted at 10:45 a.m.
If you have any information, you’re asked to call Mason Police at 513-229-8560.