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Police: Man breaks into Vancouver home while 3 kids hide inside

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One of the kids home during a robbery at a Vancouver house managed to snap a photo from long distance of the suspect. The kids told police the suspect first came to the house and rang the doorbell. As he left the kid took the picture. The suspect then came back later and kicked in the door, police said.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Vancouver police are looking for a man who they said broke into a house while three kids were home alone Tuesday morning.

Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said the kids, ages 11, 13 and 15, were inside the home near Northeast 31st Street and 132nd Avenue when they heard someone ring the doorbell. They didn’t answer the door because they did not know the man.

The man left the home. One of the kids went outside and took a cellphone photo of the man walking away.

Neighbor Devin Delgado said he saw the same man running away from the home.

"I didn't recognize him, and to be running, like, he wasn't doing a morning job or nothing, so I knew something was up," Delgado said.

The man returned several minutes later at around 10 a.m. and knocked on the door, Kapp said. One of the kids called her dad, who called 9-1-1.

The three kids hid in a bedroom closet and heard the man break through the front door.

"My daughter called back shortly after and said he's back and he's trying to get in through the front door. And I said 'go hide and I'm calling the police,'" said the girl's father, who didn't want us to use his name.

None of the children was hurt. The front door and door frame were damaged when police arrived.

The family said they are afraid the man might come back.

Officers began searching the area, but they could not find the man. He’s described as a white man in his mid 30s who is about 6'1'' tall. He has a heavy build, dark brown hair, a mustache and goatee, Kapp said. He was wearing a light-colored plaid shirt and had sunglasses.

"The kids also saw the guy through the sheer blinds, so they were able to give a description to the police," said the father.

Nothing was taken from the home.

Anyone who may have seen the suspect in the area is asked to call the Vancouver police tip line at 360-487-7399.

KATU's Joe English contributed to this story.