Published: Jan 28, 2014 5:59 PM EST
Updated: Jan 28, 2014 6:16 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- For the second time in a week, Cape Coral police officers are looking into a series of car break-ins within blocks of each other.

Burglars broke into at least 15 vehicles early Tuesday morning in an area southeast of the intersection of Diplomat Parkway and Del Prado Boulevard.  This was the second rash of vehicle burglaries in that area within one week.

According to the Cape Coral Police Department, officers were patrolling the area when they found a car with the door open and the light on.  The officers canvassed the neighborhood and found that several neighbors, like Joann Feliciano, had become victims.

"Stuff was thrown all over.  The trunk -- the door was open," Feliciano said.  "There was money missing and a pair of sunglasses."

Det. Sgt. Dana Coston with the Cape Coral Police Department said the incidents appear to be "car-hopping," a crime in which burglars prowl neighborhoods for unlocked cars.  Coston said Tuesday's burglaries could be linked to last week's incident.

All of the reported break-ins occurred in cars that were either unlocked or had at least one window rolled down.

"We're flattered that people feel safe enough in the City of Cape Coral to leave the doors to their vehicles unlocked with their personal belongings inside.  However, we don't encourage it," Coston said.

Coston said CCPD will increase patrols in that neighborhood.