21 June 2022
Five homes in the same Durham neighborhood were broken into in just 12 days.
Police said they’re being targeted late at night and the suspects are using a specific way to get in.
In all but one of the six total cases, the suspects came in through a window.
Police said these thieves are looking for any opportunity to strike, and it can be as simple as an unlocked door.
In the Lakewood neighborhood, video doorbells are being checked frequently and warnings are posted that surveillance is up and running.
Residents like Dottie Hunter are on guard after hearing six of her neighbors were victimized by thieves.
“We just pray and watch,” said Hunter.
According to police, the crimes happened anywhere from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
“I keep my eyes open,” said Hunter. “If I hear something, I look out.”
In some cases, residents who left windows open and doors unlocked were targeted. Now there is hope that someone will see something and say something.
“I hope so. I plan to die here, I want everyone to keep their eyes open,” said Hunter. “Talk. [Say] what’s going on.”
The number of victims is larger than six.
One resident told WRAL News she had several items stolen recently. She said now she is making sure she is locking up.