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Burglary Reported on Wilson, But the Home Was Vacant

Also, property damage reported April 19 to May 2.

Residential Burglary

Between 7 p.m. May 1 and 11 a.m. May 2, someone entered a home on the 200 block of East Wilson by forcing open two basement windows. The home was empty because the residents had moved out, and nothing was stolen. But they did notice the upstairs bedroom door to the deck was open, as were built-in dresser drawers. Damage to the windows is estimated at $500.

Property Damage

Someone punctured the left rear tire on a vehicle parked on the 200 block of North West Avenue between 3 and 6:38 a.m. April 19. The victim said the same tire had been punctured the day before, and she had just replaced the tire at a cost of $112. On the same morning and on the same block, another victim was contacted by a neighbor, who said someone had punctured both of the rear tires on her vehicle. This victim also had just replaced the two tires because they had been punctured the day before. Loss is $250.

Someone spray-painted "4/20" with a cannabis leaf and several other obscenities on the walls, floors and wood beams of the first and second floors of a home under construction on the 400 block of South Prairie between 6 p.m. April 20 and 11 a.m. April 21.

Someone spray-painted several comments along the Salt Creek Trail Bridge at Route 83. The damage was discovered at 2:27 p.m. April 23.

Someone spray-painted "MAR" with three small circles above the letters and three larger circles below the letters on the south side of Joe Gentile's Service Station, 954 N. York Road between 6 p.m. April 24 and 6:30 a.m. April 25.

Someone spray-painted "CAL" and "UAR" on the side of a building at 137 W. Diversey. The damage was noticed at 12:46 p.m. April 29.

Someone spray-painted an elevator door at the Schiller Parking Deck on the first block of Schiller Street. The damage was discovered at 1:36 p.m. April 29.

The owner of a property on the 600 block of North York Street told police that his tenants had just moved out, and when he went to the home at 1 a.m. April 29, he found numerous windows broken from the inside. Damage is estimated at $1,000.

Someone marked the North Avenue/Emroy underpass with purple graffiti between 11 a.m. May 1 and 11 a.m. May 2

Jim Court May 04, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Although not all crime can be stopped, I am convinced that our Police Department needs to refocus efforts on issues that serve and protect verses sometimes overly zealous ticketing for such things as rolling stops, seat belt infractions for those drivers (not passengers) going down side streets at 20mph. Tickets for people who step out just before every bell and flashing light at railroad crossings, especially when it is obvious that no other trains exist, make we wonder. At best, a community service officer should be doing this.
Jim Court May 04, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Our Police Officers are very generously paid, and lets be real, this is not the same as patrolling in very dangerous inner city neighborhoods. Roofers and tree trimmers have a job that results in far more injuries and deaths that suburban police departments face. Fear sells and justifies but it is not supported by the facts. I am not against the Police by any measure. They ideally provide a much needed service. I just wonder about our priorities. Have uniformed and undercover police patrolling our neighborhoods. Place police vehicles throughout the community. Ask our public works employees and other city employees to pay attention and report anything that would enhance our community. Publicize problems and educate our citizens to report anything that detracts from our community.At the same time, I do not support those type of activities that turn us into a place that destroys relationships between neighbors such as turning your neighbor in for code enforcement issues that you could address in a neighborly and friendly way. This is a great community with many beautiful homes and great people. Every effort should be constantly made to continuously improve our community. To our credit I have been told that Elmhurst does a much better job than Villa Park in supporting our business community.I love our community but there are still areas for improvement.
Kevin Raposo May 04, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Although the home was vacant and there was nothing stolen, this burglar is still out there. I recently wrote an article that might be helpful to readers on how to better protect themselves from a burglar: Burglar Reveals 15 Trade Secrets - A Look into the Mind of a Burglar http://simplisafe.com/blog/burglar-reveals-15-trade-secrets-look-mind-burglar Feel free to share or re-post!
an Elmhurst mom May 04, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Can't we make it illegal to solicit door to door in Elmhurst? Then when someone uninvited came to your door you could just call the police... And no one could pretend to be selling magazines when they were actually casing our homes.
Mister X May 06, 2012 at 06:04 PM
To Elmhurst Mom... In Elmhurst it is already illegal to solicit door-to-door without a permit. If you see solicitors working your block just call 911 and police will come and check them out.
Karen Chadra (Editor) May 07, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Wow! Great info, Kevin. Thanks for posting the link.
Leo May 07, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Jim, How subtle can you be, I support the police, but here is everything they are doing wrong. From what I can read from your blogs, you must have been a police officer. Stand corrected you always wanted to be a police officer, but it wasn't in the cards. I could say the same thing, my road in life took it down a different path. I have asked on the Patch, have anyone stopped in at the police department or spoke with an officer about what they are doing? It doesn't appear you have, all you do is spew the little that is going on inside your head, thinking you are right. I spoke with an officer the other day about the arrests of several burglary crews and how did they catch them, plain clothes officers, detectives and more patrols. But of course you didn't ask them, all you whine about is seat belt tickets and train tickets. When officers are doing those things, it is ON A GRANT! Do you understand what a grant is and how it works. Check yourself before spewing you nonsense. This nonsense is one reason I rarely read the Patch anyone

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