Published: Apr 12, 2011 3:47 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 12, 2011 12:49 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County deputies are investigating a rash of burglaries in a south Lee County neighborhood. Detectives have received at least fifteen incident reports since Thursday.

The crimes happened in the vicinity of Island Road, just north of Alico Road.

Investigators told WINK News several vehicles have been stolen and broken into. Burglars have also forcibly entered into homeowners’ garages to steal items from their cars. One victim who lives in Island Park Village told WINK News a burglar tried to break into her home.

"It was very frightening to think that someone would be that bold to enter a home that was obviously occupied," said the woman, who didn't want to be identified, fearing the burglar may soon return.

The woman said she was sleeping when the burglar tried to break into her unlocked home.

"I heard a noise, but then it was very quiet and there was no noise," she explained.

But within a few minutes, she heard another loud noise and that's when she realized what was going on: a burglar was attempting to enter her home. But she said she was able to lock her door before he could come in.

Jennifer Orduna is another victim whose SUV was stolen.

"[The thief] stuck a screwdriver into my ignition. He drove it down Fowler Street and kinda left it in an open plaza," said Orduna.

She claimed the crook's joyride is going to cost her $1,000.

"I don't have an alarm...I will now," said Orduna.

Orduna and other victims of these rash break -ins want to warn others in the community to be vigilant: lock your homes and cars.

Investigators are still investigating the burglaries which may be connected.