Police say thieves are prowling streets in a Westchester neighborhood, boldly targeting homes during the day.
The burglars hit up at least six houses in Mount Pleasant, and in one case, rang the doorbell before trying to break in, according to police.
On Warren Avenue, Neighbor Linda Schmitz said two burglars rang her doorbell Monday. When no one answered, they climbed halfway through her window before they noticed she was home and took off.
"If they are going to knock at the door, then try to come in when you don't answer, it's very frightening," she said.
Mount Pleasant police said there have been five burglaries and one attempted burglary in the last 10 days. Each time, the suspects struck during the day, prying open windows and doors. In some cases, they were able to take off with pricey belongings.
"You're looking at laptops, you're looking at cash, looking at jewelry, anything they can fit in a duffel bag," said Det. Sgt. Artie Romaine.
One suspect is described as 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 3 inches. Both are believed to be in their 20s to 30s.
Police sent out emails this week warning residents to be alert. Romaine also urged neighbors to lock their doors.
"If you don't have an alarm -- we are not telling to run out and get one, but if you have one, make sure it is working properly," he said.
Police were able to retrieve DNA samples, and are hoping that will eventually lead them to the suspects. In the meantime, they're asking residents to report anything suspicious.
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