A Penfield neighborhood is on heightened alert after a burglar tried breaking into homes on their block. Homeowners are encouraging others in the area to make sure their homes are secure.
This is a bustling neighborhood that sits right on Penfield Road.
"We have a school out back that's all lit up, and a Wegmans across the street that's all lit up, plus a very busy road out front. I would think it would be the last area that somebody would go to," said Darcy Alden, Penfield Road resident.
Alden says it was around 8 a.m. Monday when she learned she was burglarized.
"He had to break the window, shove all this stuff back, climb up on this table, everything on this table got knocked on to my car and then he climbed on to my car and around and broke into the car," said Alden.
Darcy says the burglar broke through a backdoor window that leads to the garage.
The suspect made off with three laptops totaling more than $1,500.
"It's just a really scary feeling to know somebody was in my home while I was here with my children sleeping," she said.
She says what's just as startling is to see a trail of footprints left behind.
"To know that it wasn't the only house, they were trying all the houses," said Alden.
Darcy says the burglar's footprints run through nine homes in this neighborhood and her house wasn't the only one hit.
"We were not home last night and we came at 11 o'clock. I feel like when we arrived in here at home, they heard us or he heard us so they didn't stay," said Abas Nadir.
Nadir lives two houses down from Darcy. His says his back porch door was broken by burglars some time Sunday night. He says fortunately nothing was taken.
"I feel lucky to certain degree but I feel unlucky why these things happen in this kind of neighborhood," said Nadir.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the two homes were the only ones reported to authorities, and even though deputies canvased the neighborhood for clues, it's unknown if the burglar tried to break in to other homes.
Still, Darcy wants to encourage her neighbors to play it safe.
"Make sure you lock your doors, deadbolt them, lock your cars just to make sure everybody's safe around here," said Alden.