ST. CHARLES – A pair of shoes, a prescription pill bottle and two 8-inch DVD players placed neatly by a tree led police Monday morning to homeowners who had been burglarized, according to a St. Charles Police Department report.
A resident of the 900 block of Millington Way reportedly alerted police at about 6:20 a.m. after finding the items near a tree in his yard. Information on the pill bottle, which was filled with $4.68 in coins, led police to a house across the street, police reported.
There, police encountered the resident, who reportedly awoke to find his inside garage door open, the garage door open and lights in the kitchen and family room on. The resident reportedly told police he left the garage door open all night and forgot to secure the interior door.
He identified the shoes and pill bottle as items that had been in his unlocked Ford Explorer parked on the driveway, police reported. An unlocked Ford Freestyle in the garage had been opened, contents of a purse had been emptied inside the vehicle but nothing was reported missing.
A 32-inch TV valued at $350 and a $400 iPad were reported stolen from the family room and kitchen, though other valuables, including a diamond wedding ring and wallet, were untouched, police reported.
It is believed the offender or offenders took what they could carry fast, police reported, noting the items near the tree likely were placed there for later retrieval.
The resident reportedly told police he and his wife didn’t hear anything overnight, and their dog didn’t bark, either.
“[The resident] was in shock and could not believe that the offender(s) were in his home while they were sleeping,” police reported.
Police canvassed the neighborhood and reported they were unable to determine where the DVD players came from.