Nobody was inside a cottage police surrounded for hours in Upper Stewiacke, N.S., Friday. 

The standoff came to an end around 4 p.m. when officers entered the cottage with force and found it unoccupied. The move followed hours of unsuccessful attempts to make contact with the men police thought were inside. 

Officers and police dogs are now searching the area for the men. Police say the incident started with a traffic stop Thursday night. Police tried to stop two men, but they fled. 

The car was found parked at the cottage, leading police to suspect the men were inside. 

Police wouldn't name the men, but would only say they believe the men are wanted in a series of break and enters.

Stewart Hill Road was blocked to traffic as police tried to make contact. 

Neighbour 'scared to death'

Jody Evans lives nearby in Upper Stewiacke. She said she and her husband began walking up the hill toward the scene. 

“[The police officer] said, ‘I can't tell you what’s going on,’ he said, ‘But for your safety I would advise you go home and lock your doors and don’t go out about,’” said Evans.

Evans then explained she was worried about her children, who are at school.

“He said, ‘No they’re fine right now, but I would advise that you lock your doors for your own safety,” she said.

“I was scared to death, because I mean if you don’t know what’s going on you can make up stuff in your head that’s worse than what it actually is. It’s very unnerving … I’m very nervous right now, I’m quite scared.”

RCMP Sgt. Alan LeBlanc said officers were in contact with surrounding schools. 

“I don't believe there is a need for a lockdown at this time," he said earlier Friday.

Evans also said she's skeptical the men are wanted only for break and enters. She wondered why the RCMP tactical team was there with so many officers.