WILMETTE – Police here have arrested 17 people in connection with reported car burglaries in the village, and many residents have made an effort to ensure their homes, garages and vehicles are locked. But the car burglary spree continues.
On Sunday, November 12, this Wilmette Police Department crime alert was sent to the media:
Motor Vehicle Theft / Auto Burglaries
During the overnight hours of Tuesday, November 7th and Wednesday, November 8th, unknown offenders committed one (1) motor vehicle theft and six (6) burglaries to unlocked vehicles parked in driveways. The stolen vehicle was locked, however, the second car in the driveway was unlocked and contained the spare fob for the stolen car. Also, at one address, an unlocked car was burglarized but the two other locked vehicles were not burglarized.
These burglaries occurred in the following areas:
- 2000 block of Avondale Ln
- 2300 block of Schiller Ave
- 900 block of Pawnee Rd
As of this date, Wilmette Police Department have arrested seventeen (17) offenders for various burglary-related crimes. Also, numerous residents have prevented burglaries by locking the doors of their cars, homes and garages and by removing keys and other valuables from vehicles. Let’s continue to take away the opportunity of crime by securing all vehicles, homes and garages in Wilmette.
- Always lock your car doors and remove the keys and valuables from your automobiles. Always lock your garage and home doors and windows. Immediately contact the Wilmette Police by dialing 9-1-1 if you see or hear something suspicious.
Purse Theft From Motor Vehicle At Gas Station
Between 12:15 PM and 12:25 PM, on Thursday, November 9th, unknown offenders took the victim’s purse when she got out of her vehicle to finish filling up her vehicle at the BP Amoco, 840 Skokie Blvd.
The victim related that she was in her vehicle filling it up and she got out to finish. When she got back into her vehicle, she notice that her purse that was on the front passenger seat had been taken. The victim related that a vehicle pulled up to the gas pumps next to her and the subjects, three young African American males, were acting suspicious.
When officers reviewed the security video, they saw that two vehicles were involved in the crime and later learned both vehicles were reported stolen from other jurisdictions. They also saw that when the victim got out of her vehicle to finish filling up her car, a subject from the car that parked next to her vehicle quickly walked to her front passenger door, opened the door, took the purse and got back into the stolen vehicle, which immediately drove off.
The Wilmette Police Department recommend that when safe to do so, you immediately call the police if you see a person acting or behaving suspiciously.
Submitted by the Wilmette Police Department