SYCAMORE – Sycamore police are warning residents about a spate of car thefts and burglaries in the Foxpointe neighborhood after three cars were stolen in the neighborhood.
Sycamore Police Deputy Chief Mike Anderson said Friday evening that none of the cars that were stolen have been recovered.
Police responded about 3:16 a.m. Thursday to a report of a stolen car in the neighborhood, according to a news release. While officers were there, they learned that two other vehicles previously had been stolen and five others were burglarized.
The incidents were reported from the 900 block of Constance Lane, Yorkshire Drive, Bristol Drive and Mary Wood Court, according to the release.
Anderson said the rash of break-ins and thefts is unusual for that area.
“This is something that typically wouldn’t happen in Foxpointe,” he said.
In at least two of the burglaries, the victims had personal property stolen, including IDs and credit cards, according to the release.
One of the cards later was used in south suburban Flossmoor, as well as at nearby fast-food restaurants and a gas station.
Police believe all the burglarized vehicles were left unlocked and that each of the three stolen cars had the keys inside the vehicle.
While Anderson would not disclose the exact vehicles, he said none of the cars were high-end. He described the victims’ vehicles as “family cars.”
“I’d tell you if they were Lamborghinis,” he said.
One of the stolen cars was parked inside an open garage, according to the release. Its owners realized it was being stolen when someone was driving it out of the garage.
Sycamore police detectives still are investigating the car thefts, according to the release.
Sycamore police urged residents to make sure their vehicles are locked by double-checking their doors. Police also warned residents to further protect themselves by removing valuables from their cars.
“That’s the big thing,” Anderson said. “We’re trying to get the word out to remind people they need to lock their cars. You also don’t want them to leave their keys in it.”
He said, by leaving the keys inside, it means the thief doesn’t have to break a window, which might sound an alarm. He said the majority of car burglaries are unlocked cars.
“We don’t typically get a lot of stolen vehicles,” Anderson said. “So three in one night is kind of an outlier for us.”
Source: The Daily Chronicle