It was an hour before sunset on a street on the edge of Capitol Hill. One moment all seemed serene on Pickford Place NE on Sunday evening. In the next, Pickford was filled with police cars and someone was lying face down on the sidewalk.

Police said that they seized someone who was trying to leave with property from inside a house in the 600 block of Pickford, which runs between F and G streets, just outside the Capitol Hill historic district.

According to residents of the area, the property included a laptop computer, an iPad and some coins.

Police said a call was made to 911, and officers arrived quickly on the street lined with pairs of attached two-story brick houses.

The events surprised nearby residents who appeared to consider burglary a nighttime activity.

“It was absolutely light outside,” one resident said. “I don’t understand how people do this in the daylight. It’s sort of freaky.”