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Diamond Earrings, 52-inch TV and Computers Among Items Taken in Two Thursday Burglaries

Attempted break-ins also reported Thursday.

Elmhurst police said several residents were victims of burglary or attempted burglary on Thursday, July 12.

A $1,200 Macbook computer, $100 Colibri gold watch, $100 mechanical drawing instrument, $500 gold wedding band and $20 in quarters were taken in an apartment burglary on the 100 block of West Armitage. The resident told police at 9:30 a.m. that he returned home to find the front door pried open and the deadbolt lock on the ground inside. Several items had been thrown about the apartment in the kitchen, master bedroom, spare bedroom and living room.

While investigating the West Armitage burglary, police discovered a neighbor's apartment had pry marks on the door. The neighbor told police she lives there with her mother, and both of them were gone between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday. Nothing appeared to be missing or disturbed in the home.

About $1,700 worth of property also was taken from a home on the 300 block of North Highview while the resident was away between 10:30 a.m. and 9:08 p.m. Thursday. The burglar got away with an HP laptop computer, diamond stud earrings and a 52-inch flat screen television. The offender also wrote something offensive on the wall with a black marker.

A resident on the 200 block of North Michigan said she found markings from a pry tool between her wood door and metal frame. She was away from the home between 12:25 and 2:35 p.m. No one entered her home, but damage is around $300.

Lexi G. July 14, 2012 at 03:59 AM
EPD does need to step it up a notch in my opinion. The number of attempted and/or successful burglaries over the past year (even months) seems ridiculous. The police need to make it obvious that they are going to kick some serious butt if this crap doesn't stop. For years all I've heard is the crime is moving West. Well I'll be damned if they think it's going to move into this town. Come on EPD, you're better than this!
Tim Goodwin July 14, 2012 at 08:06 PM
I would be curious to see how much of an increase in burglaries there actually have been. In my expereince, these things kind of ebb and flow over time. Just an observation, but with this immediate reporting on the patch there might be a perception of a huge increase in crimes, etc. I have lived here for over 20 years, I remember about 10 years ago there seeming like alot of burglaries because one of my neighbors had his home broken into and a friend several blocks away also was burglarized. Thankfully, I nor anybody I know have been burglarized sonce then. If not for patch, I would not know have known about these burglaries. The same goes for DUI's etc. Has there been a huge increase over the years, or does it just seem that way because we now read about them everyday.
Jim Beaumont July 15, 2012 at 03:40 AM
This so reminds me of years ago when the buglaries started in Oak Park. Everyone accepted it as part of living in dear old Oak Park. They have built 8 foot fences around there yards and keep nothing in their garage or it is stolen. They are quick to talk about the days of unlocked doors, while they ignore the crime around them. Let's NOT let Elmhurst turn into Oak Park. We need to help our police, and our neighbors.
Stewart Levine July 15, 2012 at 06:29 PM
i think motion detectors with infrared night vision cameras work, also lots of lighting around your home, and having a big dog, not one of these little teacup dogs that would get eaten by a cat. on top of that it might be useful to keep a shotgun under your bed to do the community a favor when they do break in and you and your kids are sleeping you can just take'em out. i would blame 3 things, heroin, high unemployment, and massive illegal immigration
Katie Marsico July 17, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Tim, you raise a good point! Either way, it might go a long ways toward easing residents' concerns and/or addressing the realities we're facing if such statistics were provided. Since the EPD recently invited the input of the community in regards to fighting crime, I'd love to see the stats I mentioned made available, as well as if and how the number of officers on our force has fluctuated over the past few years. It's fine to say that the bad economy triggers crime and that it happens everywhere, but, if burglaries are on less of an upswing in neighboring burbs and/or if we don't have enough law-enforcement staff to fight it, that simply doesn't fly. Again, I don't know what--if anything--these numbers would reveal, but they would at least give us the means to know precisely what we're dealing with (versus blaming the police or the economy, etc., etc.)

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