LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Colonie police are stepping up patrols in Loudonville neighborhood's after a string of home burglaries, some of which occurred while the residents were sleeping.
One of the burglaries happened in June, but police say between July 22nd and the 25th – three additional houses were targeted -- and police believe all are connected.
Sargent Robert Barrett patrols the streets of Colonie Friday night as officers saturate the neighborhoods.
"We have obviously our police cars, we have unmarked police cars, uniformed officers, investigators, we have bike patrols now and motorcycles as well," he says. "Basically hitting the areas that we feel need to be concentrated the most, for the foreseeable future."
Sgt. Barrett says the rash of break-ins isn't common for the area, but all have at least one thing in common.
"What we're finding out is they are entering through unsecured windows or doors."
All four burglaries happened late at night and in all four jewelry and money was taken. Sometimes while people were sleep just feet away.
Anyone with information or who observes suspicious activity should call the Colonie Police Department at 783-2744.