A brazen midday apartment burglary in Lakewood Tuesday has police engaged in a spreading hunt for the suspect, and they're looking to you for some help.

The incident unfolded on Fourth Street. Police say that the victim told Officer mark Zrebiec of entering his dwelling and finding a man hiding behind an open bedroom door. He escaped without any confrontation or struggle.

The suspect is described as a thin white male in his early 30s, about 5'8", last seen in a blue shirt and denim jeans with brown pockets.

Detective Pete Aajker is taking confidential information at 732-363-0200, extension 5338.

The burglary is one more in a growing spate of break-ins at homes and small shops in Ocean and Monmouth Counties. An alert homeowner in Toms River thwarted an attempted looting of a neighbor's house by calling 911 Tuesday. The previous day, a Neptune man was charged with four rapid-succession home burglaries Monday in Ocean Township's Wannamassa section.