Investigators from multiple Kane County area jurisdictions, the U.S. Marshal’s Office and the Arkansas State Police have joined forces to share information and develop possible leads in a residential burglary spree taking place in at least 12 communities.
In an update from the Campton Hills Police Department, Police Chief Steven Millar said a suspect is in custody.
Because multiple agencies, states and the potential of several robbery “crews” being involved, local police departments continue to follow up on all leads, Millar said.
“Thank you for coming together during these past few weeks,” he said. “I urge you to continue to watch out for your neighbors and your community. As stated above, there appear to be several ‘crews’ throughout the state committing burglaries. We all need to remain vigilant and attentive to our neighborhoods and our community.”
Kane County residents have reported a massive burglary spree in recent weeks affecting 12 area communities, according to news releases issued late Thursday by police departments in both Campton Hills and the village of Wayne.
Campton Hills has seen three home burglaries in the past three weeks, and the village of Wayne, which includes a small part of Kane County, issued an alert about a “string of residential burglaries in neighboring communities within DuPage, Kane and Cook counties.”
Campton Hills police reported one residential burglary in November and three more in December.
Two burglaries were reported on Dec. 20 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.
Taken from these residences were televisions, liquor, jewelry, an iPad, and an X-box. A 2010, blue, Infinity G37, two-door convertible automobile, with an Illinois License plate of EIK73, was also taken.
Another Fox Mill home was burglarized Jan. 3, officials said.
Police believe there are two to four male subjects committing the burglaries.
One suspect will walk up to the front of the residence and knock on the door, Millar said. When no one answers, a second suspect joins the first and they walk around to the side or rear of the residence, where they then gain access by breaking the basement window well window, or the rear glass door.
Once inside, the men grab items then quickly leave the residence — usually by the front door. In a few of these burglaries, vehicles have been taken or have attempted to be taken, police said.
Many of the burglaries have also occurred shortly after the resident has left the house.
On Jan. 6, Huntley recorded three residential burglaries during which seven handguns were taken.
Millar said there is video evidence that shows that a stolen Infiniti vehicle has been used, still bearing the EIK73 license plate.
“The Campton Hills Police Department is actively investigating our burglaries and has joined forces with the 12 other agencies attempting to locate the vehicle, and the suspects,” Millar said.
Campton HIlls residents should call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number 630-232-8400.
The village of Wayne alert said most incidents have mostly occurred during daytime hours while the homes were unoccupied.
“Residents should also be wary of any person(s) that may appear at their door asking for someone that does not live there, asking for directions, or stating that they used to live at their residence,” the release said.
Wayne residents who observe any suspicious or unusual behavior are asked to immediately contact the Wayne Police Department Dispatch Center at 630-232-8400, or in cases of an emergency call 911.
Home Burglary Prevention Tips
- Windows have latches, not locks; therefore, install secondary locking devices on all windows.
- All exterior doors should be solid core or of metal construction.
- Exterior doors should have deadbolt locks with a 1-inch throw and reinforced strike plates with 2-inch to 3-inch screws. Most importantly, use them!
- A good quality double cylinder deadbolt lock should be used if there is glass with 40 inches of the lock.
- Install a peephole with at least a 180-degree viewing area.
- Secure sliding glass doors. A metal or wood rod along the bottom track is advised, as is the installation of vertical bolts along the top track.
- Secure basement windows with grilles or grates — but make sure they can be opened from the inside in case of fire.
Vehicle Burglary Prevention Tips
- Don’t leave vehicles unattended with the doors unlocked, windows down or the keys in them, even in your garage or driveway.
- Always take your car keys with you and lock your car doors.
- Take valuables with you or keep them out of sight by placing them in the trunk or using stow- and-go seating, preferably before arriving at your destination.
- Park in well-lit areas.
SOURCE: Campton Hills, Wayne police department news releases