After a woman and her small child had a terrifying run-in with a masked robber yesterday, police are investigating a possible link to another break and enter case.

Halifax RCMP say a woman and her about one-year-old child were up in their Partridge Nest Drive Apartment in Mineville around 4 a.m. when they were confronted by a man wearing a black hoodie and a white ski mask.

The man grabbed a laptop computer on a nearby dining room table and ran out the back door.

“It was quite a traumatic event for both individuals,” said spokesman Cpl. Joe Taplin.

A K-9 unit was on the scene shortly afterwards, but the tracks of the robber stopped abruptly, implying there was a waiting getaway vehicle. Police are investigating whether the door was unlocked or jimmied open.

RCMP say the robbery shares many similarities with another break-in in East Preston just one night earlier. At about 1 a.m. Monday a man was awoken in his Chater Drive residence by the sound of someone kicking in his back door. When the man went to investigate he saw someone running out of his basement door. Several electronics were missing from the home.

Again a K-9 unit was on scene and it appeared the robber fled in a getaway vehicle.

Both RCMP and the Halifax Regional Police Integrated General Investigation Section are investigating. Police seek information from anyone who saw any vehicles in the areas and times of the robberies.

They are also urging residents to take precautions.

“It’s very important when people go to bed to ensure that their windows and doors are locked,” Taplin said.