Orchard Park police are looking for a man believed responsible for two break-ins at the homes of elderly women early Friday.
The first was reported at 2:15 a.m. by a woman who fled to a neighbor's house to call police. The woman was awakened by a loud crashing noise, police said, and officers found that an outdoor telephone line had been cut before a door to a breezeway was pried open.
At 3:30 a.m., a woman reported that someone entered her house through an unlocked back door.
The intruder woke the woman, put his hand over her mouth and directed her to the living room, police said.
When the victim asked what the man what he wanted, he told her to give him money, according to police.
After the victim turned over an undisclosed amount of cash, the intruder fled in a dark, mid-sized vehicle, heading east on Ellicott Road toward West Falls.
Police believe the same man was responsible for both break-ins. They refused to give specifics about where the incidents happened.
The intruder from the second incident was described as white, in his 30s and about 6-foot-3 with a husky build.
The victim told police the intruder smelled of cigarette smoke. He was wearing a baseball cap, dark blue hoodie and work gloves.
Police from several surrounding agencies were notified of the break-ins and helped in trying to locate the intruder.