Middleton police are warning residents about a spike in home burglaries, including many in the Stonefield neighborhood.
Six burglaries have been reported in the Stonefield neighborhood since late last year, with at least two other burglaries in Middleton.
Police said there have also been as many as 28 burglaries in nearby Madison.
Most of the burglaries have occurred between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., police said.
Investigators said that the burglars have generally been targeting homes that don't have any lights on, or where it appears no one is home.
"We really think that they're probably looking in either a window or maybe they're knocking on a door, ringing on a doorbell, and then when they get no response, or they see no movement inside of the home, then they're entering the home," said Troy Hellenbrand of the Middleton Police Department. "We're thinking the one connection between all the burglaries is that the home appears to be unoccupied."