By tradition, on the night before Christmas, homes are entered by Santa, who leaves behind gifts. Unfortunately, houses are sometimes also entered during this season with less jolly intentions and instead of items being left, they are taken away.

Many of these intrusions have been reported in the Washington area — most recently in the District, Alexandria and Manassas Park.

In Manassas Park, someone entered a home in the 9400 block of Taney Road on Saturday, and an iPad Mini and an iPod were taken, police said.

In Alexandria, a home on North Alfred Street was broken into Dec. 18 and ransacked, police said. Items stolen included a laptop computer, an iPad and jewelry.

In the 3600 block of S Street NW, in the Georgetown-Burleith area, a burglary occurred last week while the occupants slept, police said. Electronic equipment and car keys were stolen.

Not all of the burglaries have gone unanswered. On Dec. 16, someone broke into a home in the 900 block of Farragut Street NW, and a suspect was later taken into custody with property from the premises, D.C. police said.