Neighbors in the Broadmoor Bluffs area of southwest Colorado Springs are coping with a rash of home burglaries.
According to neighbors and a member of the City Council, there have been at least six break-ins this month. The burglaries apparently happened during the day, and the suspect or suspects ransacked the homes and left them a mess.
"I didn't expect them to to spend as much time there as they did," said Sally Duncan, whose home on Farthing Drive was burglarized. "I'd have expected that my neighbors would have heard something.
Neighbors say most of the burglaries happened along Farthing Drive near Oak Meadows Park.
Steven Clinton, a Broadmoor Bluffs resident, said the pattern of burglaries is puzzling.
"It seems like a waste of time and a good way to get caught," he said. "It speaks of someone who's just getting a cheap thrill out of it."
Clinton said the thieves may be attracted to the neighborhood because of its nice homes and knowledge that many homes are unoccupied during the day. He said there have been outbreaks of burglaries in the past.
"I hadn't heard anything about it, and was surprised about it," said neighbor Ralph Cadwallder. "I'll probably be more cautious in making sure that the cars and doors are locked at night."
Police have no suspects yet but say a pattern is apparent in the break-ins, and officers are patrolling the area more often. Neighbors are asked to be alert for suspicious activity and report it to police immediately.
"Our concern is that people in this kind of a panic to find something of value, might come across people who are vulnerable and hurt them," said Duncan.