LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) - Brazen burglars are breaking into home in Albion and Lockport through unlocked doors and open windows with the homeowners asleep inside.
Authorities say the rash of break-ins in the two towns may be connected, and one of the thieves left behind a key piece of evidence. Police won't go into detail, but say they're hot on the trail of the burglars.
Lockport Police Capt. Richard Podgers said, "I don't believe they're targeting anyone other than people that make it easy for them."
Most break-ins have happened overnight, while people are inside asleep. The crooks are said to be quiet and quick.
"They look for signs the house is easy to get into... it's very dark, high bushes, open windows, try unlocked doors," Capt. Podgers said.
At least three homes were hit in one night in Lockport, including one on Erie Street, where Bob Phillips has lived for 40 years.
"It's pretty scary," he said. "I think we need more police presence. I mean, they are in the area but who knows when these individuals are going to strike or where they're coming from."
Authorities say evidence found in Lockport shows a connection to the burglaries in the Village of Albion. At least one suspect, who already has a long rap sheet, is being investigated, but his name is not yet being released.
"The bulk of it has been purses and cash," said Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni.
He believes these burglars are scoping out these homes before actually slinking inside.
Chief Nenni said, "A vehicle was seen dropping off an individual. An individual would be seen going through a neighborhood through backyards and then moments later would appear down the street."
Police in both towns are warning neighbors to keep first floor doors and windows shut and locked.
On Erie Street, Phillips says he's ready.
"I'm a hunter, so I'm ready for all these things," he said. "That's as much as I can tell you."
Police ask anyone who sees suspicious activity in their neighborhood to call 911.
Some potential suspects were seen on High Street in Lockport. Police described them as a thin, younger black male under six feet tall dressed in all black and a thin, younger white male under six feet tall dressed in all black.
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