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Alleged 'serial tickler' strikes in Brighton

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BOSTON ( -- Three separate break-ins in the span of less than two hours in a Brighton neighborhood Tuesday morning have residents totally creeped out.

And a few people FOX 25 talked to say a man was tickled in at least one of these instances.

Police say the first break in was at a home on Foster Street in Brighton just before 4 a.m. A man who lives there says he woke up to find a man standing in his bedroom.

A second man who lives about a quarter-mile away on Kirkwood Road told police he woke up around 4:50 a.m. to find someone standing in his room.

A third incident happened around 5:20 a.m. again on Foster Street.

And it was there that a Boston College student told FOX 25 that his roommate woke up to a strange man tickling his feet.

"My roommate felt a tickling on his foot and he thought it was the cat. He woke up and there was a man crouched right by his bed," said David Master, who lives in the house. "He yelled and kicked at the guy and he ran out and I woke up from the yelling and saw him run past my bedroom door."

This isn't the first string of break-ins in off campus housing near Boston College - a similar string was reported at the end of last month. "It's still a little bit funny that he tickles your feet," said Stephen Valencia, "He's broken into my house twice during spring semester and both times it was in the middle of the night."

But police say it's no laughing matter. In all three instances early Tuesday morning, the victims say the man was wearing a mask. Nothing was stolen in any of the break-ins.

"I really dont know what to make if it. It's odd. Very creepy," Master said, adding that he and his roommate would lock their doors and windows as well, and "just try to be more careful."

Anyone with more information is asked to call the Boston Police Department.

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