Atlanta police need the public's help to identify a man caught on a homeowner's surveillance video.
Zone 2 Lieutenant Rodney Woody said the man asked the homeowner about someone who didn't lived there.
He said that's one of the methods crooks are using to case homes in Buckhead, before they burglarize them.
"We've got five burglaries where they used a pillowcase. We are looking at similarities between all of those. That's not to say it's the same individuals, but we are looking for three white males driving a dark colored pickup truck," said Woody.
Once the crooks got inside, Woody said they took a pillowcase and loaded it with loot. Someone broke into Lee Richardson's 90-year old mother's home. They stole silverware, other valuables and ransacked it.
"That's about as bad as anybody can be," said Richardson.
Richardson said his mother has lived in her Buckhead home for 58 years. Since the burglary, she is now afraid to stay there.
"People just need to be very, very cautions right now," said Richardson.
Police said there is a recent spike in burglaries in Zone 2, but so far for the year overall burglaries are down five percent.
"It seems most of the victims have been older folks, and the neighborhoods are the well-to-do neighborhoods," said Woody.
In some of the homes, police said doors and windows were left unlocked and the alarm was not set.
"A blasting alarm may not get the police there in two to three minutes, but its going to alert neighbors and people are going to be looking," said Woody.
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