Police are investigating several home burglaries in Windsor Locks over the last month and they are urging residents to lock the doors to houses and cars.
The burglars have forced their way into the homes on most occasions, forcing doors open, pushing in window air conditioning units, trying sliding doors and forcing windows open under the cover of darkness.
Linda Lee Boucher said her home was broken into just after 8 p.m. Wednesday while everyone was away and she caught images of the people responsible on camera.
"We got their faces, and I got them three times. I hope we get them because I'm tired of it," Boucher said.
The video shows one man approach her back door and take a look at the camera before backing away.
Minutes later, two men walk up and one appears to do a double take at the camera before they both try to cover their faces.
"I laughed," Boucher said in response to seeing that portion of the video. "I did. Because the surprise on their faces made me laugh. Because, I said 'Gotcha.'"
Even though the men were being recorded, they still broke into her home, forced a window open, climbed in and took a look around, she said.
"Two things was thrown on the floor. Nothing was taken. I don't think they were in the house more than three minutes," Boucher said.
As her alarm system was going off and police headed to her home, the men soon raced away.
"They didn't take anything from me but my pride," Boucher said. "I have to thank the Windsor Locks Police Department for the quick reaction they had."
Two weeks earlier, burglars tried to break in by pushing in Boucher's air conditioning unit but failed, she said.
Most of the residences were unoccupied, but not all, during the burglaries and a variety of items were stolen, including jewelry and personal items to firearms, police said.
Burglaries have been reported on Cypress Road, Reed Circle, S Center, Belaire Circle, Heather Lane, Garry Road, Tinker Drive, Birge Avenue and Briarcliff Drive.
Anyone with information about the burglaries or video surveillance that can help in the investigation is urged to call police and not confront the burglars.