ELMHURST – A series of burglaries reportedly occurred overnight Aug. 21 and 22 in the parking lot near Elm Creek Apartments & Townhomes, according to the Elmhurst Police Department.
A watch reportedly was stolen from an unlocked black Lexus, and multiple items were reportedly out of place in another unlocked vehicle and in a locked vehicle, according to police reports.
Credit cards and identification cards reportedly were removed from a wallet and placed on the front passenger seat, and the contents of the center console and glove compartment reportedly were scattered around the floor board in another vehicle, from which sunglasses reportedly were stolen, reports stated.
A fifth vehicular burglary of a pickup truck involved the disturbing of vehicle contents and theft of loose change after an interior locking latch valued at $100 for the rear cabin window of the vehicle reportedly was broken off from the vehicle, which allowed for the sliding window to be opened from the outside, according to reports.
In response to the burglaries, Elmhurst police have increased overnight patrols in the surrounding area, Elmhurst Deputy Police Chief Mike McLean said.
Area residents can assist in preventing crime by locking their vehicles and removing valuables from vehicles overnight to ensure criminals won't have anything to steal, McLean said. They also can report suspicious circumstances to the Police Department, such as suspicious people looking into vehicles, and inform the department if they happen to capture home security video footage of suspicious people, he added.