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Unlocked cars target of Campton Hills burglaries

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 5:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 9:16 p.m. CDT

CAMPTON HILLS – Unlocked cars were again the target of thieves in Campton Hills, according to Campton Hills Police Department reports.

Late last week, five owners of six vehicles reported their cars had been entered overnight. In some cases, the vehicles were ransacked, but no items were removed.

But in other instances, items were stolen, according to reports.

The burglarized cars were parked in the 6N900 block of Hastings Drive; the 39W300 and 39W200 blocks of Cambridge Court; the 39W900 block of Margaret Mitchell Street; and the 7N000 block of Weybridge Drive, police reported.

An iPad, laptop and $10 in change were reported stolen from a Toyota, a Chevrolet, a Jeep and a Mercury.

A Honda and Buick reportedly were ransacked with nothing taken.

A string of car burglaries also was reported last month, prompting Police Chief Dan Hoffman to issue a news release about the importance of locking vehicles. He also advised motorists never to 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.”

Residents can report suspicious behavior, such as unfamiliar vehicles and people, to the village’s nonemergency line at 630-584-0330.

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