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Elburn police investigate rash of vehicle burglaries

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 6:57 a.m. CDT

ELBURN – More than 20 car owners in the village awoke Monday morning to find their vehicles burglarized, prompting police in the village to warn people to lock their car doors and remove valuables from the vehicles.

Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith said police were investigating the rash of burglaries, which police believe were carried out overnight Sunday into the early-morning hours of Monday on various streets in the Blackberry Creek neighborhoods on the village’s south end.

“We know there were at least 20, because those were the ones reported to us Monday,” Smith said. “But we suspect there were probably more, and maybe people just didn’t really notice it.”

He said the burglars struck unlocked vehicles parked on the streets and in driveways. 

Smith said items removed from the vehicles included tablet computers, digital music players, cash and jewelry.

“We think the burglars were after money and things they believed they could sell quickly,” Smith said.

He said the burglars did not appear to have forced entry into any locked vehicles, nor did they appear to have damaged any of the cars. In some instances, some items were left behind.

Smith noted that the Elburn burglaries resemble other rashes of burglaries recently in other nearby communities, including Campton Hills and St. Charles.

In St. Charles, burglars took items from about a dozen cars earlier this month, and – in at least two cases – burglarized homes as well.

In addition, eight vehicles were burglarized in Campton Hills earlier this month, police in that village said. And on May 15, two more cars were burglarized in the village, with the burglars taking cash from wallets left in the unlocked vehicles.

Police in Elburn, St. Charles and Campton Hills urged residents to lock their vehicles overnight and to never keep their keys inside the vehicle.

Smith said Elburn police are working with other police agencies on the cases, but declined to state more about what police may know about the burglaries and who may be responsible.

He said anyone with information should call Detective Brad Ferguson at 630-746-0046. 

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