Police surrounded a West Hartford home Friday afternoon after a burglar smashed through the back door while the homeowner was at work.
The homeowner at 395 Ridgewood Road, Brenda Murray, said she returned home from work to find lights on upstairs and the back door smashed in.
She grabbed her dog, ran outside and called police.
"It was horrifying," Murray said. "I was shaken knowing that somebody could have been in there, what could have happened, and I was really scared. Never had a feelign like that in my life."
West Hartford arrived at the scene around 4 p.m. and surrounded the home, guns and shields drawn. State police brought in a K-9 unit.
Police said they initially believed the burglar was still in the house, but two searches proved the home to be empty.
No one was home at the time of the break-in and no injuries were reported.
Murray said she's shaken up and hasn't been able to identify what was stolen yet.
The home is near the Interstate 84 off-ramp at exit 40 and is next door to the NBC Connecticut newsroom.
NBC Connecticut was on lock down for a period of time while police were at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing.