Howard County Police are investigating connections among a string of 10 daytime burglaries this week in which doors were kicked in and, in some cases, items taken in homes across the county.
Police said at least 10 incidents in five different areas have been reported this week, most of them on Monday, Sept. 24, in Columbia and Ellicott City.
Police have also received reports of similar break-ins in Elkridge, Clarksville and Woodbine.
Police said the first seven incidents occurred on Monday at four Ellicott City residences, two Columbia residences, and one Clarksville residence.
In all seven instances, which occurred between 8:30 a.m. and 2:25 p.m., the suspect gained entry by kicking in a door. After gaining entry, the suspect ransacked the homes, focusing on the master bedroom.
At 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, police said they received a call from an Elkridge woman reporting that she heard someone kicking the front door of her home. The woman said the kicking came three minutes after her doorbell rang.
Two additional incidents were reported on Wednesday, one in Woodbine and one in Ellicott City.
So far, items reported taken include jewelry, a shotgun, Oxycodone, pillow cases, an i-Pod touch, sterling silver flatware, two Ravens tickets and cash.
Police are urging residents to be vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity.
In the news release, police advised residents on ways to better protect their belongings from burglars.
"Keep valuables in an unexpected place. For example, don’t keep your most valuable jewelry in your jewelry box," the release stated. "Burglars want to get in and out quick, so don’t make it easy for them to find your valuable or sentimental items. A home safe is a good idea to secure your most precious belongings."