Police in Winnetka and Wilmette are urging residents to lock their homes and vehicles after two recent burglary sprees in both suburbs. Also, residents in Glenview reported to police that $40,000 worth of jewelry had been stolen from their home between 8:40 a.m. and 7:20 p.m. on January 15. The Glenview police report indicates that the front door appeared to have been pried open.
“What’s important is that residents are aware these crimes occurred and what they can do to help minimize the possibility of becoming a future victim,” said Deputy Chief Joseph Pellus of the Winnetka Police Department.
Sergeant Michael McGarry of the Wilmette Police Department said he believes that while the crimes in each village have a “few similarities,” he concluded that the “burglaries appear to be random and likely unrelated.” The two police departments will continue to communicate with each other and the surrounding areas.
The Winnetka Police Department is currently investigating two house burglaries that occurred on Monday, January 19, in the late afternoon on the west side of the village. Both crimes involved forced entry through first floor doors and items were stolen including jewelry and cash. One of the home’s alarm system alerted the police and property loss was limited due to a quick police response.
The Wilmette Police Department is seeking information concerning six residential burglaries that occurred between Dec. 16, 2014 and Jan. 14, 2015, in the afternoon and in early evening hours. Most occurred on the west side of the village, but the most recent occurred on the far east side of the village on Sheridan Road. These crimes involved forced and unforced entry, and items were stolen including jewelry and electronics. Between Dec. 26, 2014 and Jan. 2, 2015, the Wilmette Police also received six reports of burglaries to unlocked motor vehicles that were parked on the street, driveway or in unsecured garages. The offenders appeared to be mainly seeking money (loose change) and sometimes electronic devices such as GPS units.
The Wilmette Police recommended in its Crime Alert statement on Jan. 16 that “residents always lock their vehicles and secure their garages and their homes. Take the opportunity away from a person who is looking for an easy target.”
The Winnetka Police urged residents and neighbors in its Crime Alert statement to “communicate and watch out for each other; be especially alert if you know your neighbors are away. Do not leave newspapers and packages outside, always keep doors locked, and turn on the alarm system if so equipped. Secure valuables in a bank safe deposit box and do not keep large amounts of cash in your home.”
The Winnetka Police also noted that burglars have posed as contractors or workmen in the past, and park their vehicles nearby.
Both police departments are seeking information concerning these crimes and urge residents to report suspicious activity to the police.