Atlantic City police are asking for the public's help after a number of home burglaries in the lower Chelsea neighborhood.
Burglaries on the barrier islands have been making headlines for the last two weeks, but police in Atlantic City say this spree is concentrated in the lower Chelsea neighborhood.
"My brother and I were sitting up, watching TV and the motion sensor light come on across the street," Steven Masland said.
That's what first got Steven Masland's attention. Then the man crossed the street and tried to get in to his house.
"He Goes by our back gate starts shaking the fence. He Couldn't get in there luckily," Masland said.
Then he says the man went to his neighbors, pried the door but didn't make it in. The man's spree ended when he made into a third property and went into the tool shed.
That's exactly what police say this thief or thieves are after.
"The situation here is they are taking constructions tools, bikes, possibly jewelry. They will take anything they can get their hands on. It's a very quick in and quick out," Atlantic City Police Capt. Charles Love said.
On Ridgeway Avenue, the thieves pried open a door, but the alarm system scared the thieves away.
Police say they want neighbors to listen out for alarm systems and take note if they see anyone leaving the area if they hear an alarm.
They also want residents to know its not just homes, but cars as well.
"Lock your doors, lock your cars, take all valuables out of your cars. Leave lights on. Anything like that does help,"Love said.
Police say they have heard from a number of residents the thieves are testing doors on homes and cars to see if they are unlocked. Investigators don't want residents to hesitate, if you see anything suspicious call 911 immediately.
Authorities want to remind residents they can give police information anonymously through text. Simply text TIP411 and start the message with ACPD followed by your tip.
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