Authorities in Wake County issuing warning after rash of daytime break-ins

MORRISVILLE, North Carolina (WTVD) -- Morrisville police are investigating four break-ins in the Breckenridge subdivision.

All four break-ins were reported to have happened in the middle of the day, as early as 10 a.m. to almost 2 p.m.

One incident report shows one home lost up to $7,700 in electronics, jewelry, cash, and damage to the home.

In every case, police said it appears the thieves entered through the back of the homes.

"Somebody had broken into the back door," said Sara Arthur, whose home was broken into on Wednesday. "They broke the handle off the door and just went in."

She said she also worked from home on Wednesday but decided to go into the office. That's where she was when police called to tell her that someone had been inside of her home.

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"My next-door neighbor, her alarm went off, so I think that's what scared them," said Arthur.

Still, she said the thieves took off with a ring, a watch, and her 10-year-old son's Xbox and games.

"The hardest thing was telling him," said Arthur. "Just reassure him that he's safe, we're safe, and everything is going to be fine."

Neighbors in the area said they're surprised they didn't notice anything suspicious in the middle of the day when these crimes were happening.

One young woman, who did not want to be identified, said she lives close to the home that lost up to $7,700 worth of items, including two televisions.

She said her mother was working outside the whole time and had no idea what was going on almost right across the street.

"You usually think this stuff would happen at night, but it happens in broad daylight and they go right under your nose," said the neighbor.

Residents came together Thursday night to talk about the recent crimes at the Breckenridge Clubhouse in their neighborhood; however, during the day, several police officers could be seen patrolling the area.

Morrisville's Police Chief Patrice Andrews said people are encouraged to secure their homes.

"We live in a very safe community; however, residents should not take their safety for granted," said Chief Andrews. "People should lock their door, and set alarm systems if they have them, every time they leave their home."

Police are also collaborating with surrounding police departments to see if any of these break-ins are related to crimes in other areas.

They also warn that if you enter your home and believe it may have been broken into, to leave immediately and go to a safe area to call 911.
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