The Wilmette Police Department is reminding residents once again to lock their cars and remove the keys, after 22 unlocked cars were burglarized and one was stolen on July 7. The burglaries occurred on the west side of Wilmette.
The police responded to a residence on the 700 block of Lacrosse Avenue about a car burglary in progress just at 4:49 a.m. on July 7, according to a police press release. When police arrived the offenders fled in three vehicles at top speed.
Later around 8:00 a.m., a car was reported stolen on the 700 block of Lamon Avenue, according to the press release. The car was unlocked with the key fob left inside. The car was one of the vehicles that had fled the scene when the police arrived at Lacrosse Avenue and was later recovered in Chicago. Skokie police found another vehicle used to flee the Wilmette police abandoned at the intersection of Oakton Avenue and Skokie Boulevard. That car had been stolen in Indiana.
Further investigation revealed that 22 unlocked cars were burglarized, with the offenders rummaging through the cars, according to the press release. While nothing was taken from most of the cars, in one instance three men’s suits were taken and in another a set of house keys, according to the press release.
A resident’s surveillance video showed a group of subjects checking car doors that were parked on the street and in driveways to see if they were unlocked while two vehicles followed the group, the press release stated.
On the 600 block of Lacrosse Avenue, the police also found a car in the middle of the street that was stolen from another jurisdiction in Lake County.