ST. CHARLES – Nearly a dozen households on the city's west side reported overnight burglaries to their vehicles – and in some cases to their homes – last week, St. Charles police said.
St. Charles Police Department spokesperson Paul McCurtain described the burglaries as crimes of opportunity because they involved unlocked cars.
Police believe the burglaries, which happened between the night of May 9 and the morning of May 10, are connected, he said.
"The cases are all under investigation," McCurtain said.
He reminded people to lock the doors to their homes as well as their vehicles.
"Be aware of what's going on in your neighborhood," McCurtain said.
In two cases, residents reported that someone had entered their homes as well as their cars.
A $300 laptop and $300 tablet were reported stolen from a house in the 800 block of Manley Road. The front driver's side door to the residents' 2000 Ford vehicle – which contained a garage door opener – was ajar in the morning, police reported, noting entry to the house was made through the door to the garage.
Someone also entered an unlocked house in the 1300 block of Fox Meadow Court, but nothing was reported stolen, police said. Entry was also reportedly made to a 2000 Dodge vehicle.
A resident in the 1200 block of Brook Street reportedly awoke to a 1994 Ford car that was not his in his driveway. The lights were reportedly on, windows were rolled down, the doors were unlocked and a key was in the ignition. Police reportedly traced the car to the 200 block of Debruyne Street. The owner told police no damage was done to the vehicle, and only a lanyard with four keys was missing.
Also in the 200 block of Debruyne Street, an iPod and USB car charger were reported missing from a 2010 Dodge vehicle.
Two burglaries occurred in the 100 block of Lewis Court, where items in a 2006 Honda car were disturbed but not stolen, and a $350 designer purse was taken from a Chevrolet, according to police reports. Police noted the purse only contained miscellaneous paperwork, no money, credit cards or important documents.
Three vehicles in the 300 and 900 blocks of Timbers Trail also were hit. Two phone chargers valued at $40 each and some coins were taken from a 2007 Chevrolet; a $40 phone charger, $100 navigation system and some cash were stolen from a 2008 Toyota; and a $100 navigation system was missing from a 2007 GMC, police reported.
In the 100 block of Carrol Road, a fleece jacket was reported stolen from a 2012 Nissan.
Meanwhile, items were disturbed but nothing was reported stolen from a 2006 Nissan in the 500 block of Bradley Circle, police reported.
The village of Campton Hills also has experienced a rash of burglaries to cars recently. Police Chief Dan Hoffman said in a news release that residents should lock their cars and never leave valuables in plain sight.
"Leaving your car unlocked with valuables visible is an open invitation for someone walking by to help themselves to your property," he said in the release. "Summer time is especially ripe for theft as school is out and idle teenagers are out and about."
Hoffman also advised residents to lock their doors and windows when they are away from home and to check their garage doors, especially before going to bed.
"Campton Hills officers have found numerous garage doors open in the middle of the night and have made notification to the owners," Hoffman said in the release. "Garages contain a treasure trove of valuables that thieves would love to get their hands on, and also provides easy access to your home."
In emergencies, McCurtain and Hoffman said, residents should call 911. Hoffman said residents also can report suspicious behavior, such as unfamiliar vehicles and persons, to the village's non-emergency line at 630-584-0330.