A burglar alarm sounding at a Middle Road house around 10 a.m. on June 18 scared off the culprit who smashed a window and forced open an exterior door before taking off empty handed.
East Greenwich police said officers were dispatched to 1370 Middle Road at 9:57 a.m. and found a rear window from the porch to the kitchen had been broken and a rear entry door to the porch was forced open.
A wooden door to the kitchen was closed but unlocked and police officers entered and cleared the residence to make sure nobody was inside.
Detectives soon arrived to process the scene and the homeowner, identified as a 60-year-old East Greenwich resident, told police that the exterior metal door was locked when he left the house.
Nothing was taken from inside the house and it appears that the alarm scared the culprit off, police said.