BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Baltimore Police are investigating reports of an increase in home invasions in Canton and other southeast Baltimore neighborhoods.
Police say a group is terrorizing these neighborhoods, breaking into houses and holding people at gunpoint for car keys.
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Arch McKown of the Patterson Park Neighborhood Association says the suspect successfully broke into a neighboring home on East Baltimore Street
McKown said when the homeowner woke up, the suspects put a knife to her throat and stole her car.
"These people check doors and windows and if they aren't locked they cut a screen or open the door and work their way into it," McKown said.
He says two other incidents where homeowners woke up and were held on knife appointment occurred on S. Curley Street and East Lombard Street.
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According to Baltimore Police, there were at least four reported home invasions in southeast Baltimore, including Brewers Hill, Canton and Upper Fells, in the first two weeks of March.
The teenagers, armed with guns and knives, entered their homes early in the morning while the homeowners slept. They then stole cars, electronics and money, the police say.
In three cases, the victims said they woke up and tried to stop them, but the suspects kept them on the knife date. Another victim reported being held at gunpoint.
"I find it unsettling. It feels very hurtful to the neighbors," said McKown. "Obviously, for most people, your home is your castle and it's a safe place."
At least two of the four suspects have been arrested by police, while two other suspects are still at large.
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As the numbers continue to rise, Baltimore police are reminding neighbors to be careful.