Residents in Fall River say they hope four recent arrests will quash a rash of break and enters that have put the community on edge.

Police arrested four teenagers early Thursday morning after an  alert homeowner heard them lurking near her house.

"My wife saw three teenagers come up the driveway next door and walked right close by our bedroom window in front of our house, past our walkway, down the driveway and proceeded to go our next door neighbour's house," said Arie van de Rijt.

Shortly after midnight on Thursday, RCMP received a call that four teen boys were walking in and out of driveways and around vehicles on Howe Avenue in Fall River.

They arrived minutes later, shining a spotlight in the neighbourhood's yards.

Two of the teens ran away and two more were in a nearby Ford Escape. A police dog tracked the two teens who fled through the woods. They were arrested about an hour later hiding behind a car.

Further investigation revealed that the Ford Escape had been stolen from Bedford and all four teens were in violation of court orders, including curfews.

An 18-year-old from Halifax has been charged with possession of stolen property and breach of probation. A 14-year-old from Truro will face charges of motor vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and breach charges. A second 14-year-old from Dartmouth and a 17-year-old from Waterville have been charged with trespassing by night and violation of court orders.

All four appeared in court Thursday.

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The roundup comes in an anxious community.

Charlie Mattie told CBC News three teenagers were at his door on Monday when his dog Max charged after them.

Other Fall River residents have posted warnings about similar unexpected visits followed by break and enters.

"Certainly this type of activity would make one suspicious if there was a relation to the earlier incidents," said RCMP Cpl. Scott MacRae.

"We’re very impressed at how quickly they were apprehended and off the street," said Mattie.