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Boston foot tickler strikes again: 'Serial tickler' suspected in 3 break-ins

A series of 3 early Tuesday morning break-ins has Boston police suspecting the 'serial tickler' has struck again.
A series of 3 early Tuesday morning break-ins has Boston police suspecting the 'serial tickler' has struck again.
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A "serial tickler" is suspected to have stricken in the early hours of Tuesday morning, having broken into three Brighton residences in the span of less than two hours. The foot tickler understandably has area inhabitants of the Boston, Mass., suburb totally "creeped out", according to on June 10, 2014.

A Boston College student said that his roommate woke up to a strange man tickling his feet on Foster Street at around 5:20 a.m.. This was the third break-in in that neighborhood in just under two hours.

This isn't the first string of break-ins in off campus housing near Boston College. A similar string of incidents was reported at the end of last month, earning the suspect the nickname "serial tickler." Other news outlets have dubbed him the "Boston tickler."

Authorities say the first break-in was also at a home on Foster Street in Brighton just before 4 a.m. A male resident there says he woke up to find a strange man standing in his bedroom.

The second male victim lives about a quarter-mile away on Kirkwood Road. He told police that he awoke around 4:50 a.m. to find someone standing in his room.

Neither of the first two victims were able to say whether they were tickled on their feet, though detectives assume it was the same guy each time, according to WCVB Boston. But as for the third victim, witness David Master recounted that his roommate felt a tickling on his foot, but figured it was just the pet cat.

The foot tickling woke the victim up, whereupon he discovered a man crouched next to his bed. "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," Master said, adding that the suspect appeared to be tall and skinny.

Stephen Valencia said the tickler broke into his house in the middle of the night twice during spring semester. He still finds it a bit funny that the criminal tickles your feet.

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

Master called Tuesday's occurrence "odd" and "very creepy." He added that he and his roommate would make sure to lock their doors and windows, and generally just try to be more vigilant.

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