Webster Police say an unknown person or persons attempted to enter six homes on Cherry Laurel Circle between 2 and 6 a.m. Friday.
Entry was gained to five of them through first floor windows left unlocked. Police say the burglars made off with cash and electronics.
"It's more aggressive than the typical crime pattern that you would see to enter an occupied dwelling, especially with some of the residents having animals, dogs; those are very risky actions to take, so it definitely indicates a more aggressive individual," said Lt. Dennis Kohlmeier, Webster Police Department.
As news of the burglaries made its way through the neighborhood, some residents say they now feel scared and uneasy.
"Sometimes I work from home and I leave my back door open and you would think a nice neighborhood that it's safe. But wow, freaky," said Cynthia Reaves.
Police say no particular neighborhood is more vulnerable than another to this type of crime.
"I think it comes down to sometimes comfort level. It can be from people leaving their cars unlocked to people leaving windows open. Until they've been victimized, the comfort level starts to rise and we take less and less precautions," Kohlmeier said.
The unseasonably warm weather we've experienced recently has prompted many to leave their windows open at night. Police recommend all windows and doors, especially those on the ground floor, be secured and locked before going to bed.
That's advice Cynthia Reaves plans to adhere to.
"I will definitely be sure that the alarm system is always activated and windows closed and just be aware of my surroundings and make sure that I implement all the security awareness in my home. It's very frightening."
Police say they don't know if this was the act of one individual or if there are multiple suspects.
"There's the likelihood of a vehicle being involved in this, not an actual local perpetrator per say. But it's up to any help from we can get from the community, any information that can be put forward to help identify what's going on," Kohlmeier said.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911.