Police in three usually quiet Connecticut towns are urging residents to keep a sharp eye on their neighbors' houses after a string of daytime burglaries.
All of the home break-ins occurred while nobody was home and during the day in the towns of Simsbury, Granby and Canton over the past few weeks.
Police said there are enough similarities that they think the burglaries could be connected.
"Normally, you see it on the news," said Josh Woodruff. "But, when you know it's somebody right next to you and someone you know well, it hits you a little hard."
According to investigators, there have been five burglaries in three neighboring towns since Jan. 25 with one in Canton on Jan. 25, two in Simsbury on Jan. 25 and 26 and two in Granby on Jan. 25 and 29.
In Granby, police said the thieves forced open the front door with either a screwdriver or a small crowbar and left an unusual mark in the house.
"As the folks would return home, first they would notice the damage," said Granby Police Capt. Bill Tyler. "And no one smoked in either of the residences and they immediately picked up on the odor."
During the break-ins, the suspects took small items such as money and jewelry and even used items in the home such as pillowcases to carry the stolen goods away.
The town of Simsbury has even posted an alert to residents on the town's website.
In Granby, police told Eyewitness News that they've only had five home burglaries in the past year, so two in one week is a lot.
"The greatest asset anyone can have is be a good neighbor by just keeping their eyes and their ears open," Tyler said.
Police want residents to report anything suspicious in their neighborhoods such as cars driving slow.
"Everybody knows what's going on, keep your doors locked, don't put things in your windows that say come get me," said Pat Chieski. "Be aware of your surroundings and be good with your neighbors, so they'll help you out."
Anyone who observes anything suspicious in their neighborhood is asked to report it to their local police department.
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Monday, September 15 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-09-15 17:00:00 GMT
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