Half a dozen homes have been broken into in South Columbus within the past couple weeks.
Windows have been shattered, doors have been pried and locks have been broken.
Several of signs are plastered to light poles around the Hungarian Village neighborhood, warning neighbors about thieves breaking into homes.
Adam Carstens’ back window was shattered and a brick from his firepit is still laying in the middle of his living room.
“Completely broken brick on the ground and one of my cats jumped out the window,” Carstens said.
Just minutes before he said someone tried breaking into his home, surveillance video caught a man looking through his windows.
“They must have been casing the place, I don’t if there were a couple people or what,” Carstens said.
According to the Columbus police department crime mapping tool, there have been at least six burglaries within the past couple weeks.
“The police when we spoke to them said there was a rash of break-ins all through the neighborhood,” homeowner, Nathaniel Ayers said.
Just a couple blocks away, Ayers said their home was also broken into, while they were sleeping.
“I don’t know what they wanted or what they were trying to do, but everybody was home,” Ayers said.
A screen off his side window is missing and someone tried to pry open the back door.
The suspect ended up getting in through their bathroom window.
“They pried open our bathroom window and cleared everything off the shelf,” Ayers said.
With all the recent break-ins, homeowners believe they could be connected because of the way the suspects try to get into the homes.
“These guys are always backyard or back door break-ins,” Carstens said.
And they want other neighbors to be prepared.
“Get a security system, put floodlights up, just be aware and don’t encourage them to come in anyway,” Carstens said.
We reached out to police to see if the break-ins are connected and they said they would look into it.