BY PAULA MINAERT — A string of residential burglaries in West Hyattsville has residents on edge. On 30th Avenue alone, three homes were robbed from September 29 to October 1. In total, 22 houses in that part of the city were hit between August 1 and October 3, according to official reports.

Sgt. Chris Purvis of the Hyattsville Police Department said the burglaries are not confined to Hyattsville but are happening all over the region. “Typically the bad guys go in toward the rear of the house. Sometimes doors or windows are left open. Sometimes they have backpacks and they load up things like laptops. Sometimes they back cars up into a driveway, load it up and take off.”