LAKE BLUFF — A Lake Bluff resident startled a would-be burglar in his home shortly before 5 a.m. on July 11, chasing the suspect from the house in the 800 block of Carlyle Circle, said Lake Bluff Police Chief David Belmonte.
The unidentified suspect entered the home through either an unopened window or unlocked rear door, taking cash before the resident discovered the robber was in the house, according to Belmonte. No weapons were displayed or employed. There were no injuries.
Responding to a 911 call, police observed a red Mitsubishi with Wisconsin license plates leaving the area at a high rate of speed, according to the email. Police were unable to stop the vehicle, which was last seen going north on Green Bay Road in North Chicago.
Belmonte said in a DailyNorthShore interview the Lake Bluff Police Department has the license plates of the Mitsubishi, but he is not ready to release them. He said the incident is a home invasion rather than a burglary because residents were in the house when the suspect entered.
The suspect is described as a black male between 5′ 6″ and 6′ 9″, and weighing approximately 140 pounds, according to the email. Belmonte said his department is following all leads and increasing patrols throughout the village.
Though the doors of the home were unlocked and windows open, Belmonte said in the DNS interview that this incident is not likely related to the rash of car burglaries and vehicle thefts that have occurred on the North Shore in recent weeks. Nevertheless, he urged caution.
“This is not the sort of thing we’ve been seeing and hopefully it will not be something we continue to see,” said Belmonte in the interview. “People should be sure to keep their doors locked. Residents who have an alarm system should keep it activated.”
Belmonte emphasized the alleged home invasion was not a usual situation but urged residents to be extra careful about locking doors and windows to their homes as well as vehicles.
“With the increase in property crimes through the Chicago area, we have to remain more vigilant,” said Belmonte. “We have increased our patrol staffing overnight and continue to work with our neighboring departments to share information and map trends.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Lake Bluff Police (847-234-2151).