Suspect soughtin home break-ins

Police on Thursday appealed to the public for help in finding the man or youth believed responsible for two home burglaries and one burglary attempt earlier this week on Naperville’s far southeast side.

Naperville Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the man or teen believed responsible for those break-ins.

Police were called about 11:52 a.m. Monday to investigate a thwarted burglary to a house on the 300 block of Apple River Drive. That is in the city’s River Woods neighborhood.

A Crime Stoppers release stated the homeowner “heard several loud noises, and then observed a male subject entering the garage from the service door.” The would-be burglar immediately fled from the area, according to the release.

Police were “later notified of residential burglaries that occurred in the 1300 block of Auburn Avenue and the 2000 block of Hidden Valley Drive.” Those homes are in the University Heights and Hidden Valley Lake Estates neighborhoods, respectively.

“It is believed the same subject may be responsible” for all three crimes, the release indicated. Police did not say what, if anything, was stolen in the Auburn Avenue and Hidden Valley Drive break-ins.

The suspect in the Apple River Drive case was described as being a Latino or possibly light-skinned black male, standing 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, and having a “smaller build.”

Police said the suspect was clean-shaven, and wore a brown, lightweight jacket. He left the area in “a dark-colored, boxy, smaller pickup truck.”

Witnesses to any of the break-ins, or those who believe they have information about the suspect, are asked to call Naperville Crime Stoppers at 630-420-6006. Callers can remain anonymous.