Midland City Police are on high-alert after a string of burglaries in one neighborhood.
Residents say they have seen a spike in crime in the last few months.
In the past investigators say they've had one burglary every three months.
But this year, they have seen that number multiply with seven burglaries since October.
"I saw the door wide opened and I knew something had happened. I walked in and I saw the house was destroyed," said Carla Hormell whose home was burglarized.
Carla Hormell was in shock when she came home Thursday afternoon.
So, in shock that she dropped her bag of groceries.
No one expects their home will be burglarized, but Brian Hormell says he sensed something bad was going to happen.
“When we left here I saw a couple of suspicious guys sitting here in this trailer next door and I called the police because there have been some break-ins and shootings in this area."
Once officers arrived, the men had scattered.
But, they didn't go too far.
“She pushed it open and she started crying and said they got us," said Hormell.
What they took may surprise you.
“There's pictures of me and her. What value does a personal picture have?"
In addition to the pictures, electronics, food, and Christmas presents, the Howell’s cat is missing.
Midland City Investigator Tony Watson believes this isn't an isolated event.
In fact, he and his team suspect some of the robberies may be connected.
"I go out of my way to ensure my wife has nice stuff. To have someone from the neighborhood to come in here and break it up," said Hormell.
Investigator Tony Watson says the robberies occurred in broad daylight.
If anyone has information to contact the Midland City Police Department at (334) 983-3591.