ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Police Department is reminding people to lock their cars after 11 vehicles were burglarized early Thursday.
Unlocked vehicles are like an open invitation for would-be burglars, police spokesperson Paul McCurtain said.
"They just go up and down the row and try door handles," he said, noting locked cars weren't touched.
The burglaries happened between midnight and 3 a.m. on the city's northeast side – Lewis Court, Stonehedge Road and Dunham Place – and on the near-west side on Timbers Trail, Timbers Court, Timbers Circle and Carrol Road, police said.
A navigation unit was stolen from one vehicle, McCurtain said, and small amounts of money were taken from the other 10.
In past cases, burglars have gained access to homes by using garage door openers left inside of cars parked outside, McCurtain said.
Thursday's burglaries are under investigation, and evidence technicians processed the vehicles for evidence left at the scene.
McCurtain said "it's very possible" the burglaries are connected to the string of burglaries reported in May.
Anyone with information regarding the break-ins can call the St. Charles Police Department's non-emergency number, 630-377-4435. A reward will be offered for information leading to the arrest of the offender or offenders. Confidential information also can be left on the city's website, www.stcharlesil.gov.
Owners of burglarized cars from which nothing was taken also should notify police, McCurtain said, explaining it gives police an opportunity to collect evidence.