STAY VILIGANT: Burglars have been breaking into homes in Warwick while residents are sleeping.
STAY VILIGANT: Burglars have been breaking into homes in Warwick while residents are sleeping. stevecoleimages

'Disturbing' break-ins prompts police warning

A SPIKE in break-ins and thefts while people are home has prompted police to issue a warning for residents to lock up and look out.

Warwick Criminal Investigation Branch detective Sergeant Darren Tamblyn urged Rose City residents to remain vigilant.

"At one of the incidents that was reported, it was possible the offenders were in the house when the resident was awoken to a loud bumping noise," Sgt Tamblyn said.

"When they woke up they noticed a few things out of place that was quite disturbing.

"If you have any suspicions or something is not right in the house, you need to call the police straight away.

"It's quite possible that someone is still in your house if you wake up to a noise, which is obviously concerning."

The message of caution comes after a teenager was arrested and charged yesterday in relation to a burglary in late January where more than $50,000 worth of items were stolen from a Warwick home.

Three other break-ins were reported around the same time on Dragon, Locke and Pratten streets. Police are investigating possible links between the break-ins.

Residents have since taken to social media to express concerns.

Bev Morris took to Facebook this morning, saying her house was broken into on Tuesday evening.

"If you reside in William Craig Drive area lock up your house and car," the Facebook post said.

"On Tuesday night a person entered our house while we were watching TV and took our car keys and was in the process of ransacking it when we disturbed him.

"If you notice anything suspicious going on please inform the police, no matter how small the info is, we need to nab this person."

Police confirmed the incident had been reported and investigations were under way.

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000, Policelink on 131 444, or Warwick police on 4660 4444.