A man attempting to break in to a house Monday on Jennings Road smashed a door window before seeing the homeowner and fleeing the scene, police said.

One of the residents called police around 3:30 p.m. Monday to say his wife had just called him to say someone was trying to break into their home. He called police while en route to the house.

The wife told police that she was in the bedroom when she heard two bangs on a side door. When she got to the door, a man was smashing the window. He fled when he saw her pick up the telephone.

He was described by police as black, in his 50s. with a scruffy beard and "buggy eyes," wearing a long-sleeved green shirt. He was about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighed about 155 pounds with a slim build.

She did not see any vehicle nearby. The K-9 officer arrived on the scene with Ruger, who tracked the suspect north into a backyard on Apponyi Street through to Rackozy Avenue, where the trail was lost.

Two people on Overlook Avenue told police a gold-color car with two men pulled up and asked directions to Black Rock Turnpike and the Bear and Grill Restaurant. They were driving an early 2000 model four-door Honda Accord. Officers checked the lot at the Bear and Grill and could not find a car matching that description.

Damage to the door on Jennings Road was estimated at $500.