Police are hunting crooks who struck in Crookes – breaking into five homes on the same night.
They targeted homes in Northfield Road, Bute Street, Sackville Road, Mulehouse Road and Mona Road on Sunday, October 20.
In each of the incidents, the offenders entered the properties through unlocked front or back doors. Property stolen included electrical items, computers, mobile phones, handbags and cash.
Detective Inspector Richard Partridge said: “The items stolen were small items that were easily carried.
“These burglaries are linked in as much as the offenders entered the properties, which had been left insecure, on the same night.
“People need to make sure they lock their doors – both front and back doors – and double check that those doors are locked before they go to bed.
“Don’t assume doors are locked, always check.
“In these five cases, the offences were easily prevented.
“As it was, all the opportunist offenders had to do was walk in and help themselves.”
Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the Crookes area on October 20 and in the early hours of Monday, October 21, as well as in the days leading up to the offences.
DI Partridge added: “Anyone who has seen any suspicious activity in the area, whether this be vehicles or people, should make contact with police.”
n Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.