If you’re squeamish over the prospect of burglars pawing through and then making off with your prized possessions — and all while you’re either in another part of your home or fast asleep in your own bed — you might want to give serious consideration to keeping your doors and windows locked at all times.
Naperville police are investigating what Sgt. Lou Cammiso said “would appear to be a rash” of burglaries to occupied homes, including two that occurred during the late-night and early-morning hours while the owners were present.
At least four break-ins occurred over the three-day period of Aug. 18-21. And another incident from Aug. 17, in which two men in hooded sweatshirts ran away after being caught peering through the window of a house, might have been a thwarted burglary.
The first break-in occurred during the overnight hours of 11 p.m. Aug. 18 and 7 a.m. Aug. 19 on the 1900 block of Golden Gate Lane, near the Brookdale neighborhood on the city’s northwest side. A 30-year-old man told police burglars took an iPhone, an iPad and $20 from his wallet after entering the home via the open door of the attached garage, according to a written police bulletin.
Another Brookdale burglary happened between 12:30 and 6:15 a.m. Aug 21 on the 1800 block of Paxton Drive. A 23-year-old man said a small amount of money was stolen “sometime overnight” from his home, police records showed.
A third Brookdale-area break-in was reported by a 52-year-old homeowner on the 1600 block of Albermarle Court. The man said a camera and “cash and collector coins were taken from his residence” between 12:45 a.m. Aug. 20 and 8 a.m. Aug. 21, police said.
The fourth burglary occurred on the 1000 block of Lakewood Circle, in the Lakewood Crossing area of west-central Naperville. A 31-year-old woman told police between 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20 and 6:30 a.m. Aug. 21, she “forgot to secure the overhead garage door, and entry was made to (her) home via the garage service door.” The woman said a laptop computer and other possessions were stolen.
Cammiso confirmed the latter three crimes, like the one on Golden Gate Lane, were “all due to doors being left unlocked.”
He added it was possible a fifth burglary might have been foiled about 9 p.m. Aug. 17 at a home on the 2400 block of Waupaca Court. That is in the Spring Brook Crossing area of the city’s far south side.
A woman who was house-sitting there told police she was pulling her vehicle into the driveway, and that her headlights illuminated two men looking through a window. Despite the seasonably warm weather, the men had “hooded sweatshirts on, (with) hoods over their heads,” according to a Naperville Crime Stoppers release.
The men immediately fled from the area on foot. While the release stated “no signs of entry or attempted entry to the residence” were found, Cammiso said police have not ruled out the possibility of an attempted break-in.
Additionally, burglaries were discovered over a four-day period earlier this month at two homes within a mile of each other on the city’s far southeast side.
The first occurred sometime between 10 a.m. and noon Aug. 5 at a house on the 200 block of Dilorenzo Drive. The second happened between 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 9 on the 600 block of Alexandria Drive, about a mile to the east.
Miscellaneous property was stolen in both crimes, during which the owners were away from home. A heavy safe that would have required some type of vehicle to transport was also stolen from the house on Alexandria Drive.
Cammiso said police are “recommending all citizens lock their houses at night and whenever they are away from home,” even for short periods of time.
Witnesses to the burglaries or those who believe they have information about any of the crimes are asked to call police at 630-420-6666, or Naperville Crime Stoppers at 630-420-6006. Callers can remain anonymous.