While residents are working outside in their yards, someone is breaking into houses on Ashland's south side.
Police tell us several houses have been burglarized over the last few months.
The intruder slips in through an unlocked side or back door and quickly makes off with easily carried valuables like wallets, purses or medicine.
The burglars don't leave a mess so the thefts often go unreported for several hours before homeowners notice the missing items.
Police are looking into similar crimes in Catlettsburg and Ironton to see if there's a connection.