For the second time in less than four weeks, Naperville police find themselves investigating a spate of burglaries to occupied homes, including one in which a new car was stolen while its owners were sleeping.
Naperville police Sgt. Lou Cammiso confirmed “there have been 10 additional residential burglaries” between Aug. 29 and Tuesday, five of which occurred while “residents were home and asleep.”
The Sun on Aug. 25 reported burglars appeared to be taking advantage of homeowners who were leaving their doors and windows unlocked during the late-night and early-morning hours. Money, jewelry, electronic goods or other property was stolen while the occupants were either preoccupied in other parts of their homes or sleeping.
At least four break-ins occurred between Aug. 18 and 21, police said. Another incident from Aug. 17, in which two men in hooded sweatshirts fled after being caught peering through the window of a house, might have been a burglary attempt.
The most recent crimes have been in the southern and southeastern parts of Naperville, although one was reported on the city’s northeast side. “Six of these have been to unlocked homes ... (and) two were forced-entry during the day,” Cammiso said Tuesday via e-mail.
One involved entry at night through an unlocked door, and another, unoccupied home had one of its doors forced open, Cammiso said.
“One of the 10 cases may not be related to the burglary rash, as other circumstances exist,” he said.
Written police reports indicated one of the more recent crimes occurred between 10:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m. Saturday on the 2000 block of Cobblebrook Lane, in the Cinnamon Creek neighborhood on the southeast side. Cammiso confirmed a black, 2013 Volkswagen Passat, a “luxury” watch and and unspecified amount of money were stolen from that home “while the owners were asleep.”
Reports stated another break-in happened between 12:01 and 7 a.m. Saturday on the 3400 block of Keller Lane in the Kinloch area of town. After the homeowners had retired for the night, the thief or thieves apparently got inside using an unlocked rear door, and made off with a laptop computer that had been left on a kitchen counter top, according to the reports.
A third burglary occurred between 2:30 and 11:05 a.m. Saturday as family members slept inside a home on the 800 block of Cool Creek Court, in the Timber Creek neighborhood on the far south side of the city. The burglars in that case entered via a rear door and stole $3,300 worth of electronic equipment from rooms on the ground floor, police records showed.
Next came a break-in at an unoccupied home on the 700 block of Burgess Hill Road in the Brighton Ridge area. Cammiso said the owners were not home between 6 and 11 p.m. Saturday, when burglars got inside through an unlocked back door and stole a quantity of jewelry.
A fifth crime was committed between 11 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 a.m. Sunday at a home on the 1100 block of Andover Court, in the Spring Hill neighborhood on the northeast side. An unlocked, rear patio screen door was opened in that case, and a MacBook Pro taken from the dining room table.
Cammiso said a sixth burglary occurred between 11 p.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday at a house on the 300 block of Dupahze Street, in the Knoch Knolls area of the far south side. The thieves got into the darkened house through its open, overhead garage door and took two iPhones, two iPads and two wallets before fleeing, he said.
Those break-ins are in addition to the ones that occurred in mid-August at unsecured, occupied homes on Albermarle Court, Golden Gate Lane and Paxton Drive, all in or near the Brookdale neighborhood on the city’s northwest side; and a fourth on Lakewood Circle in west-central Naperville. A coin collection, a laptop computer, cell phones and cash were among the property stolen in those cases.
Cammiso said it was possible yet another burglary might have been foiled the night of Aug. 17 at a house on the 2400 block of Waupaca Court, in the Spring Brook Crossing area of town.
A woman who was house-sitting reported pulling her vehicle into the driveway, and said that as she did so, her headlights illuminated two men looking through a window. The men had “hooded sweatshirts on, (with) hoods over their heads,” and immediately fled from the area on foot upon being discovered, according to a Naperville Crime Stoppers release.
Two more burglaries occurred in four days in early August, at homes within a mile of each other on the far southeast side. The first happened sometime between 10 a.m. and noon Aug. 5 at a house on the 200 block of Dilorenzo Drive, and the second between 7:15 and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 9 on the 600 block of Alexandria Drive.
Police are not certain whether some or all of the crimes might be related. Cammiso offered 11 succinct words of advice to homeowners and members of their families:
“The Naperville Police Department strongly urges residents to lock their homes.”
Witnesses to any of the burglaries or those who believe they have information about the crimes were asked to call police at 630-420-6666, or Naperville Crime Stoppers at 630-420-6006. Callers can remain anonymous.