ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - The string of daylight burglaries in five different Howard County neighborhoods has left many people feeling that no one is safe.
"They just break the doors in and run in and grab stuff and take other people's things," said Diane Butler who is the president of the St. Johns Community Association.
Howard County police say they believe the same man has committed 10 burglaries this week in Ellicott city, Columbia, Elkridge, Clarksville and Woodbine.
They believe he’s knocking at random doors, and making an excuse if someone answers, but if they don’t, he just kicks in the door and helps himself to jewelry, electronics and cash.
It produced a potentially dangerous confrontation at a home on Rosemary Lane in Woodbine Wednesday.
"We had a case where he knocked on the door and there was a 13-year old boy inside who didn't answer. He then kicked the door in and when he saw that someone was home, he ran,” said Sherry Llewellyn of the Howard County Police Department, “We don't have a specific or detailed description at this point, but we want anybody who has had anything like this happen in their neighborhood to call us."
The close call has raised the stakes for homeowners who now feel like anyone could become the next target.
"We're going to have to do something about it,” said Butler, “We're just going to have to have more police presence. It's just going to have to happen. It's just too unsafe for the families that live here."
Police are encouraging people to use deadbolts on their doors and to hide their valuables in places that a burglar wouldn’t suspect.
If you have any information on these cases, call 911.
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