Three burglaries were reported to Naperville police over a 16-hour period Wednesday and Thursday at private day care centers on the city’s north and northeast sides.
Written police reports indicated two of the burglaries occurred between early Wednesday night and mid-Thursday morning, and under similar circumstances. The third involved a smash and grab-style theft of a purse Thursday morning from a car whose owner was inside the third center, according to the reports.
One break-in occurred sometime between 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Naperville West KinderCare Learning Center at 1228 W. Ogden Ave. Reports stated an office door was kicked in and a cash box pried open in that case.
Police were told by the school’s director that no cash was kept in the office. Several checks and laptop computers were found undisturbed inside the center, the reports showed.
Investigators later found a window screen in a fenced-in area on the west side of the building that might have been slashed. A sliding window was also found closed but unlocked, the reports indicated.
A similar break-in occurred sometime between 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10:37 a.m. at the Naperville North KinderCare Learning Center at 889 Benedetti Drive, according to the reports.
As in the other crime, an office door was found pried open, the reports stated. The center’s director found $672 missing from a desk drawer that also had been forced open, the reports showed.
Reports indicated the crime had the “identical MO,” or modus operandi, to the burglary at “the other day care during (the) same time frame.”
The third crime occurred between 6:50 and 6:55 a.m. Thursday, while a 26-year-old woman was inside the Bright Start Child Care & Learning Center at 1260 Iroquois Ave. The woman told police she returned to find her car had been burglarized, with its passenger-side window shattered and her purse missing, according to the reports.
It was not known whether any or all of the crimes might be related. A Naperville police spokesman did not immediately return a telephone message that sought comment late Friday afternoon on the incidents.