CALEDONIA -- Caledonia police are investigating a recent rash of home invasions and urging residents to be on the lookout for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.
FOX6's media partners at the Caledonia Patch reported a rash of home invasions or attempted burglaries between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. in an area bounded by Douglas Avenue, 4 ½ Mile Road and 3 Mile Road.
Police are asking residents to lock their doors and windows, and turn on outside lights.
FOX6 News spoke with one Caledonia victim who was too scared to show her face. The woman said she heard the doorbell ring, looked out the window and saw someone loitering around her home. She woke her mother up, and the home's window was broken. The woman and her mother locked themselves in the bathroom and listened as the suspect ran around their home.
"I was like, 'oh God, I'm going to die!" the woman told FOX6 News.
Sgt. Brian Wall with the Caledonia Police Department said there were four home invasion burglaries in the past six days. In a few instances, Sgt. Wall said one of two men will ring the doorbell while the other breaks into the home through the back. Sgt. Wall said officers got into a short foot pursuit with one suspect, but lost him in a wooded area.
"People like that should not be running around. They should be in jail where they belong. Especially if they do something like this," Sgt. Wall said.
Caledonia police say they are checking with officials in Racine to see if this is part of an even wider burglary home invasion spree, but have not connected those dots yet.
Residents observing suspicious persons, noises or related incidents are asked to immediately call 911. Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to call the Caledonia Police Department Detective Bureau, 262-835-4423, Ext. 139.