Thieves in Cumru Township are sneaking into sheds, swiping equipment and taking off, according to police.
"In the past two weeks, we've had six shed burglaries," said Det. Sgt. George Kuriger, Cumru Township Police Department. "Some of them have been unforced, and some have been forced entry into the sheds."
In the first few burglaries, the thieves took gas cans, but in the more recent break-ins, things like power washers were stolen, and it's all happening along Pershing Boulevard, police said.
"I said to my husband, 'Here comes a police car. They're walking in the back,'" said Ranae Fichthorn, a concerned resident.
Fichthorn said police have been searching her neighborhood for the thieves, and now she fears she could be next.
"I think I'm going to unlock mine, because if they want whatever is in mine, they may have it. Everything of value we already took out of the shed," she said.
Police said the shed thieves may have moved on to cars. Just Monday morning, two vehicles were broken into on the same street.
"They pried the windows open with a screwdriver, but couldn't get the windows down, of course, so they just shattered all over the place," said Jordan Pineiro.
Pineiro and his wife both had their cars broken into. Windows were smashed and GPS units stolen. They also live on Pershing Boulevard.
"I wish we would have heard something, but they were quick -- in and out," he said.
Police in neighboring Mohnton said they also had five cars broken into in the Northridge development overnight, and they are looking for connections with the crimes in Cumru Township.
If you have any information about the shed or car break-ins, contact Crime Alert Berks County via anonymous text to 847411, starting the message with keyword alertberks or by calling 877-373-9913.