NORTHBROOK — Burglars broke into three unlocked cars two blocks apart over night on Christmas, according to Northbrook Police reports. In one instance they used the door opener in one car to enter the garage, waking the victim.
A resident living in the 2200 block of Maple Avenue woke up at 5:30 a.m. December 26 when he heard his garage door opening, according to the report. Looking outside, he saw the interior dome light of the vehicle illuminated but no one in the area.
“His bedroom is situated over the garage and he heard the door go up,” said Dan Petka, the community relations supervisor for the Northbrook Police Department. “He went downstairs to investigate.”
When the victim got to the garage, he saw the refrigerator door was open, according to the report. Nothing was reported taken.
“You have to be careful, especially this time of year when so many people are away,” said Petka. “Lock your car, take your valuables and your door opener with you. It’s very easy for someone to enter your house if they have your door opener.”
Two blocks away, two unlocked vehicles were burglarized while parked in the driveway of a home in the 2400 block of Maple between 1 and 7 a.m. December 26, according to the report. The contents of the cars were emptied onto the floor. The victims reported only loose change was removed.
Petka said it is likely the same offenders broke into all three cars.
“I’m pretty sure it was the same people,” said Petka. “We can’t prove it. There are no fingerprints. It’s a quiet area and (three) cars two blocks away is too much of a coincidence.”