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Crime & Courts

Riverside police release 'urgent' burglary alert after 3 similar reports

RIVERSIDE – Three recent attempted break-in reports in Riverside led police to issue an "urgent" burglary alert to residents Thursday through the village's notification system.

On Wednesday, police received a walk-in report from a Riverside resident at about 3:11 p.m. who told police she arrived home and found the front door to her home kicked in and the frame broken out.

Police found the door completely kicked in, but no items were found to be missing by the homeowner. Police believe that after breaking into the home, the offender was either scared off, or did not find what they were looking for.

Earlier on Wednesday, around 2:25 p.m., police received a 911 call from a Riverside resident in the 100 block of Longcommon Road who told police that while she was in the shower, she heard a loud pounding on her door. When police arrived, they found no one at the scene and the door undamaged. Police said a suspect might have tried to force their way in, but were not able to gain entry due to the solid and reinforced wood door on the residence.

As reported earlier, police received a call on Friday at about 3:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Delaplaine Road. In that case, a juvenile victim heard a loud crash, but believed some type of animal had hit their garage and did not report the incident until her parents got home after 7 p.m.

Because of the reports, police are cautioning residents to report all suspicious people, vehicles and noises through the department's 911 system when appropriate.

All of the incidents occurred between 2:30 and 4 p.m. As a result, police have stepped up patrols in residential areas between those times, including other covert measures.

Additionally, the department reported they will be staggering officers' shifts so that officers who normally start a shift at 3 p.m. will start at 2 p.m., so that every available officer can be assigned to work the patrols during those hours in an attempt to deter or apprehend the offender or offenders.

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