CAMPTON HILLS – A suspect thought to be connected with recent burglaries in Campton Hills and other surrounding communities is in custody.
Campton Hills Police Chief Steve Millar announced the news on the village's website.
"Due to multiple agencies, states and the potential of several robbery 'crews' being involved, our department continues to follow up on all leads," Millar stated.
Millar said investigators have met with other departments from multiple jurisdictions who also had similar burglaries. A task force was then organized to share information and develop possible leads.
"Multiple agencies, including the U.S. Marshall’s office and the Arkansas State Police, have been involved," he said.
Millar urged residents to continue to be vigilant.
"There appear to be several 'crews' throughout the state committing burglaries," he said. "We all need to remain vigilant and attentive to our neighborhoods and our community."
Millar on Wednesday sent out an e-mail alert about the burglaries. There have has been three residential burglaries over the past three weeks and another one back in November, Millar said.
The most recent burglary occurred on Jan. 3, when jewelry was taken from a house in the Fox Mill subdivision that was burglarized. In addition, on Dec. 20, two burglaries were reported in the Fox Mill subdivision. In one instance, a rock was thrown through a rear glass door and in the other, a basement window well was used for entry, Millar said.
"Taken from these residences were TVs, liquor, jewelry, an iPad and an X-box," he said. A 2010 blue Infiniti G37 convertible was also taken, Millar said.
He noted that other communities have also experienced similar burglaries.
"This past Monday, Huntley experienced three of these burglaries," Millar said.
Taken from one of these homes were seven handguns.
Other communities that have been hit include South Elgin, Bartlett, West Chicago, Carol Stream and Addison. In the case of the burglaries in Campton Hills, each burglary has occurred between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
"We believe there are two to four male subjects, possibly Hispanic, committing these burglaries," Millar said.
For the village to experience such a rash of burglaries is rare.
"We'd have a burglary here or a burglary there," Millar said. "This is something that's brand new to us here in Campton Hills."
During the burglaries, one suspect will walk up to the front of the house and knock on the door. When no one answers a second suspect joins the first and they then walk around to the side or rear of the house, where they then gain access by breaking the basement window well window or the rear glass door, Millar said.
Once inside, they grab items, and then quickly leave the house usually by the front door, he said. In a few of these burglaries, vehicles have been taken or have attempted to be taken.
"Many of these burglaries have also occurred shortly after the resident has left the house," he said.
There is video evidence that shows that in most of these burglaries, the stolen Infiniti vehicle has been used. The Campton Hills Police Department is investigating the burglaries and has joined forces with the 12 other agencies attempting to locate the vehicle and the suspects, Millar said.
He urged residents to call 911 if they see the vehicle or to report strange activity.
"These suspects may be armed, so please do not try to stop them; rather, call 911," Millar said. "You can also call the non-emergency number 630-232-8400 if your call is not an emergency. Do not take it in your own hands. Stay back. Call the police. Call 911. Let us do our job."
He also urged residents to make sure to set the alarms on their houses.
"A lot of these houses have alarms and they're not setting them," Millar said. "That would help and be a deterrent as well."
The police department is also increasing its patrolling efforts, including the use of unmarked vehicles, he said.