Police say the men busted into a home on Perry Creek Drive around 4:30 a.m. At least one of the suspects had a machine gun and another was wearing a clown mask.
A high school student who was home alone at the time was not injured.
"It sounds a little unusual for our neighborhood," resident Kevin Broyles said. "I think its summer time and kids have an active imagination. Then again, it's a crazy world we live in."
At this time, authorities are only publicly acknowledging that there is a report of a burglary. They are not saying what or if anything was stolen.
However, in the Chandler Green Sub-Division of northern Chapel Hill many residents say there has been reports of break-ins in the recent past.
"I know a few months ago a lot of break-ins were happening," Chapel Hill resident Taylor Raczkowski said. "Cleaning everything out, taking TV's, everything."
"We may have been an easy target early on because people didn't think about it," Broyles said.
"Lulls them into a sense of security in this close-knit community," Hillsborough Resident John Prioli said. "And then you have predators who prey on that kind of stuff."
Regardless of how quiet the streets appear, neighbors say they are now watching with more caution.
"We have left our homes unlocked, our cars unlocked, purses in the back seat," Broyles said. "We just don't really think about it. But now we do. We hear more about it."
Authorities have not released many details about the suspects, only that they are African American and in their late teens to early 20s. They are between 5' 6" to 6' 1" tall.