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Vehicle burglaries reported in Sugar Grove

Published: Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 5:31 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – Police in Sugar Grove on Friday urged residents to lock the doors on their vehicles after several residents reported burglaries.

Police said all cases reported in the latest incidents involved unlocked vehicles that were parked in driveways. That has been a common theme this year, as several police departments have issued such notices to residents about unlocked cars.

The reports have been in the Windstone and Black Walnut neighborhoods, which are near Bliss and Denny roads in Sugar Grove. Police said they received "several reports" of vehicles being burglarized. Sugar Grove Police Chief Pat Rollins said details won't be known until officers are able to meet with victims on Friday afternoon and evening, but items taken include money, GPS devices and iPods.

Rollins said it's not unusual for residents to continue to leave vehicle doors unlocked, even if there are many reports of such burglaries, saying that people "are very trusting in their ways."

"This is not uncommon in all communities, even with the number of car and residential burglaries being reported throughout the nation," Rollins wrote in an emailed response to questions. "Law enforcement continues … to educate the communities on the importance of locking their car and home doors" to avoid such "crimes of opportunity."

Rollins said police are asking for the public's help, as there is no suspect information at this time. Police advise residents to lock their vehicle doors and remove valuables from the vehicles. Those who have had vehicles burglarized are urged to make a police report by calling 630-377-0911.

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