West Hartford police are stepping up patrols after someone broke into two West Hartford homes and tried to break into five others overnight Wednesday.
Police said the burglar struck between 11:45 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday, targeting an eight-block radius that included homes on North Quaker Lane, Farnham Road, Robin Road and Vanderbilt Road, police said.
He entered the homes – or tried to enter – by looking for unlocked windows and pushing up screens, police said. Police said residents were home at the time.
Cash and a laptop were stolen.
A suspect description wasn't available, but police said the man was wearing dark clothing and used a bicycle to get away. He did not confront any residents of the homes.
Police are urging residents to keep all ground-floor doors and windows locked, ensure that all exterior lights are working and cut back bushes around their homes.
Similar burglaries were reported in Bristol earlier this week. Police said intruders sliced window screens and entered while the residents were sleeping.
If you see anything suspicious, call police immediately. Extra patrols, both in marked and unmarked vehicles, will be checking the area.