San Carlos has been a hot zone for "door-knock" burglaries in recent months, and four homes were looted Tuesday in what may be a continuation of the crime trend.
The four homes targeted were in the 2300 block of Brittan Avenue, the 2600 block of Eaton Avenue, the 2700 block of Bromley Drive and the 100 block of Rogers Avenue, according to police.
One local resident described leaving home recently and encountering a man walking toward the front of the house, police said.
The man quickly asked the resident if a woman named Catherine still lived at that address, police said. When he was told no, he turned and left in a small white vehicle.
Police say they believe the four incidents Tuesday may be the work of just one criminal. The resident described the man as possibly white or Latino and in his mid-20s to mid-30s. He was wearing a white shirt and a tan hat that covered his collar-length, curly brown hair, according to police. His car was a four-door Honda or Toyota.
The modus operandi of the incidents is also familiar to law enforcement officials. Criminals seek out residences with nobody home and once they confirm a home is empty, they strike, according to police. If someone answers the door, they sometimes ask if a random person might live there.
Police are warning residents to be on the lookout for this type of crime.