LAKE FOREST — Three Lake Forest homes within a few blocks of each other were burglarized November 21, according to Deputy Chief Rob Copeland.
All three homes were robbed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. when the residents were out of the house, he said. They are in the southern part of the city near Old Elm Road on the 1100 block of Highland Avenue, the 900 block of Valley Road and the 100 block of Niles Avenue.
The burglar or burglars forcibly entered two of the houses; in the third home, forced entry was also possible.
“In two of the three robberies they threw a rock or stone through the window and in the third it was either jimmied or not locked. We’re not sure,” said Copeland. “They ransacked the bedrooms after entering the house.”
Mostly jewelry was taken, according to Copeland. He said he does not yet have the monetary value of the stolen goods or a complete list.
Copeland said all residents should make sure their doors are locked when they leave home and alarm systems operational. They should also be mindful of where they keep their valuables.
“If you don’t have an alarm you should consider getting one,” said Copeland. “You should secure your valuables in a safe if you have one. You should put your jewelry in an uncommon place.”
Most residential burglars are looking for jewelry, according to Copeland, who said it is one of the easiest things to convert to cash.
“Robbers are looking for jewelry they can put in their pockets,” said Copeland. “They can be in and out in five minutes.”
These three burglaries bring the total in Lake Forest this year to 15. Copeland said there were three in October, making it six since October 1. Before that the most recent one was in July.
Anyone with information should call Lake Forest Police Detective Wendy Dumont at 847-810-3819.