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Elmhurst Residents Lose Thousands of Dollars Worth of Items in Burglaries

Incidents reported by Elmhurst police Oct. 10 and 11.

Burglaries resulting in thousands of dollars in losses, and a suspicious incident, were reported by Elmhurst homeowners this past week.

A home on the 400 block of North Emroy was burglarized Thursday evening. The resident told Elmhurst police a laptop was taken, and dresser drawers were open and their contents removed. Items stolen total between $3,000 and $5,000.

Police said a screen from a window to the first-floor family room at the rear of the home had been removed to gain entry into the home. The report was made at 6:12 p.m. Oct. 11. Interviews with neighbors yielded no new information, police said.

On the same day, at about 3:20 p.m., a resident of the 700 block of Lombard arrived home from work to find a man and woman, perhaps in their late teens, and wearing dark sunglasses walking out of his back yard. The resident has surveillance cameras set up around his home. He replayed the video, which shows the two ring the front doorbell, wait a moment, then walk to the rear of the home. It was at that time the resident returned. Nothing was taken or damaged.

On the 100 block of South Prospect, between 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, someone removed the padlock from a shed and stole a Ridgid generator worth $3,000, a Huskey compressor worth $1,200 and a table saw worth $800.

The victim told police she suspects her previous landscaper, who she said attempted to scam her many times and asked odd questions about entering her home and who was home at various times during the day.

Independence666 October 14, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Nobody saw anything??? What ever happened to the good old fashion neighborhood? Elmhurst residents need to look out for one another. If you see anything even a little bit suspicious, CALL THE POLICE FOR GOD'S SAKE!!!!! We all need to band together to stop this crap from happening here in our town. We need to get these low life parasites off of our streets.
Stewart Levine October 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM
we can always bring back the gallows and put them in the center of town. such a barbarous relic, but the best crime deterrent I can possibly think of.
Ramon Williams October 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I would prefer to see all our officers on the day shift patroling the neighborhoods instead of hiding at intersections.
Independence666 October 14, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Interesting suggestion Stewart, but that would be pretty harsh treatment of a simple thief, don't you think? Some good old fashion police patrolling coupled with a more involved citizenry would get the job done nicely. We all need to be a bit more alert. We're not in Kansas anymore Toto...........
Kevin Morris October 23, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Theft is not simple it is a crime and should be punished, What will the simple thief do to you or one of you family members if someone happens to come home duing the theft ? Most of these people do this for a living they are not simple, they are dangerous and need to be put away.
Jim Court November 30, 2012 at 03:25 AM
What if we created a strong senior and concerned citizen patrol who are properly taught what to look for and not run the police ragged with false calls. The Police cannot be everywhere.

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