A rise in burglaries in one Westchester town has residents on edge as police continue searching for possible suspects.
"Your heart just kinda breaks and you go from that panic and fear to being really pissed off," said Annie Chorbajian, whose Scarsdale home was burglarized last month while she and her family were out to dinner.
Her house is one of five that have been burglarized since January in a small section of Scarsdale that rarely sees much crime.
Detective Lt. Thomas Altizio of the Scarsdale Police told NBC New York that most of the crimes occurred between 6 p.m and 10 p.m, and "in most cases they're using a back door window ...they're forcing it open and gaining entrance that way."
Police say in all five burglaries the victims had alarms, but they weren't on at the time of the break-ins. Some victims, though, insisted their alarms were on.
Police say they have stepped up patrols and are monitoring pawn shops to see if stolen items turn up.
In the meantime, much of the neighborhood is on guard and hoping for an arrest."Neighbors looking out for neighbors," said Altizio. "If you see someone you don't recognize, call us."
Police in neighboring White Plains made an arrest in January on a previous set of burglaries, but have not had any leads on this recent string of burglaries.