Vernon police are alerting residents in some neighborhoods about a recent rash of burglaries and attempted burglaries that occurred during the overnight hours on Wednesday.
Police said sometime between 3 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., an unknown person or unknown people burglarized or tried to break into homes on Dailey Circle, Morrison Street and Highland Avenue.
"I was terrified someone was just outside my door," said Nicole Michaels.
Police were first alerted of the incidents around 3:45 a.m. from a Morrison Street resident saying someone had broken in while they were asleep and they heard them walking around inside the home.
"They didn't take credit cards," said Mary Michaels, whose son heard the burglars in the home. "But cash out of purses and items out of my son's room. And they took belongings in the living room."
Several police officers were sent to the home, but suspects were nowhere to be seen. An investigation showed the thief was able to enter the home through an unlocked door.
A short time later, police said they received another 911 call from a resident on Dailey Circle reporting they awoke to someone trying to break into the home. Several officers and a K-9 raced there and the area was checked, but no one was found.
In that attempted break-in, police said the suspect or suspects tried to get in through a first-floor window, but the resident woke up before the suspect was successful.
Around 7 a.m., another resident woke up and found someone had been inside her home and stole her pocketbook as well as items from inside the home.
Hours later, police got two additional reports of overnight burglaries on Grand Avenue.
Vernon police said there is a strong likelihood that the five robberies are all connected.
"We're looking for information on who's doing this or saw or heard anything in the area," said Vernon Detective James Grady.
Police said residents should check and double-check their doors and windows to make sure they're locking when you're going to sleep. Deadbolt locks are a good idea and so are motion sensor lights, police added.
Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call police at 860-872-9126.
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