By Diana Rocco

LOWER GWYNEDD Twp., PA., (CBS) — While they slept, someone was watching.

“Robberies while people are home puts an uneasiness with yourself, your wife, your children. It’s pretty scary,” Ben Rosenthal said.

It has neighbors in Lower Gwynedd Township out to talk about how to protect themselves.

Burglars hit at least four homes near Latchstring Lane overnight last week, stealing a Rolex watch worth more than $20,000 and tens of thousands in diamond jewelry.

“I woke to my husband calling to me in a way that I could tell something was wrong and he said we were robbed,” said Amy Schemm.

Amy Schemm found her purse and its contents scattered across their yard. The thieves also took two laptops, a Kindle and her husband’s phone which he tracked back to Philadelphia.

“It got off at the Temple University station. The R5 line,” Schemm said.

Neighbors say it appears the burglars went from home to home during the early morning hours while they were sleeping, trying door handles and cutting screens, but when they found an alarm system, they would moved on.

“We believe a side door was open and they were able to open it up and walk through the lower level of the house,” Rosenthal said.

Bob Rosenthal says the thieves took his laptop, a change jar and his wife’s purse.

“Very disturbing. In fact today we met with the alarm company. We lived here for 21 years and never had alarm,” Rosenthal said.

“I need to take steps now to make sure that doesn’t happen again,” Schemm said.

Similar crimes have been a problem along the SEPTA line in Radnor and surrounding towns. Police are meeting to discuss if they are related.

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