HIGHLAND PARK – The summer spree of car burglaries continued in Highland Park, and all of the most recent incidents involved forced entry.
Windows were smashed in five car burglaries in Highland Park September 5 through September 11. Highland Park Deputy Chief Timothy Wilinski said three of the five took place at Deer Creek Courts on September 6.
“One of the victims actually saw the person,” said Wilinski, who added that the male suspect was seen stealing two purses before he fled the scene.
Windows were broken in two other car burglaries that occurred on separate days (see details below).
Many of the car burglaries in recent months involved unlocked vehicles. When asked if burglars were becoming more aggressive in gaining entry to locked vehicles, Wilinski said he assumed the cars were locked at the time. He added that he couldn’t comment about whether car burglars have become more aggressive.
But he did offer advice to motorists and passengers: “I recommend that you protect your valuables by keeping them out of sight in cars,” said Wilinski.
Here are details from the two burglarized vehicles that occurred on September 8 and September 10:
- On September 8 an unknown subject(s) broke a window to a vehicle in the 2700 block of St. Johns Avenue during the overnight hours. No items were reported stolen, according to Highland Park police.
- On September 10 an unknown subject(s) smashed a window to a parked vehicle in the 1200 block of Park Avenue West and stole a purse and wallet. The incident occurred between 6:30 p.m. and 7:43 p.m., according to Highland Park police.
In addition to the recent car burglaries, a license plate was stolen from another vehicle.
Click here to read a previous story about car burglaries in Highland Park.