AVON, Ind. (WISH) — Authorities in Hendricks County are looking for the people who have broken into five homes in just the past week.
That string of break-ins has neighbors on high alert.
They’re worried because the criminals haven’t been caught, so they could strike again any time.
There was a lot of talk about security systems, guard dogs and flood lights in the neighborhood Wednesday.
Those neighbors who have not been hit are trying to prepare themselves, including one man who has already had a close call.
Derek Brooks’ wife heard a noise against their bedroom window last Sunday night.
“I didn’t think anything of it and then she said ‘can you look out there, I think somebody’s out there,'” he said.
He said that he just knew something wasn’t right.
“I just peeked out the blinds a little bit with my finger and when I did, I was face-to-face with the person,” he said.
Derek ran to the backyard, but the would-be burglar took off running through the alley behind his house.
“They were wearing a mask and then they had their hood up and I think when they saw me move the blinds they ended up taking off,” he said.
Unfortunately, he didn’t get a good description for police.
His story has been common on this block in the last week.
Two homes were broken into on Blue Sky Drive and three on New Moon Street.
“Everybody’s really concerned around here about what’s going on,” Avon resident Penny Briggs said.
She lives down the block from Derek.
She is glad she has an alarm system and a guard dog.
“Worried about somebody breaking in at night,” she said, “So everybody around here has been leaving on their front porch lights and back porch lights.”
They’re both glad the neighborhood is coming together and trying to find a way to protect themselves.
“Maybe start a watch, consecutive nights, run shifts,” he said.
“You know your neighbors and everything, but you don’t obviously know everybody in the neighborhood,” she said. “So hopefully we can get something started like that and feel a lot safer.”
The Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office believes at least one man is behind the break-ins, but it could be two men.
They have been described as being younger, possibly teenagers.
If you see anything, you’re asked to call police.