Elmhurst Man's House Ransacked While He Was Down in the Basement

The prowlers struck while the Elmhurst man was in the basement and his wife was out.

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An Elmhurst man emerged from his basement to find prowlers had broken into his home, ransacked his bedroom and absconded with his wife's jewelry.

The housebreakers struck between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday.

A resident of the South Kenilworth Avenue home told the cops "he was in the basement and his wife was out (when the crooks) forced their way through the side door and ransacked the master bedroom, taking all of (his wife's) jewelry," police said.

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WLA March 17, 2014 at 09:41 AM
It's not that difficult to kick in the average residential grade door.
Mark C March 17, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Without a dead bolt, many people can get into a locked door about as fast as it would take someone to open it with a key. Also without noise or damage. A few searches on the internet can show a person how to gain entry into doors, garages, and hotels rooms but there are also many videos showing how to prevent these break ins. Always lock your doors, be vigilant and report suspicious behavior.
Dianne Decker March 18, 2014 at 01:46 AM
door was deadbolted!
Stewart Levine March 25, 2014 at 05:37 AM
could be insurance fraud who knows
WLA March 25, 2014 at 09:35 AM
I doubt he would have been home if that's the case. Plenty of burglaries in Elmhurst lately so I wouldn't go around blaming the victim.


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