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Girl Locks Herself in the Bathroom As Men Try to Break into Her Home

One of two burglary attempts over the weekend.

A teen-age girl who was home from school on Friday locked herself in her bathroom after two men attempted to break into her home while her father was at work.

The girl, who lives on the 100 block of North Walnut, told police that at about 10:50 a.m., she heard someone ringing the front doorbell and knocking on the door excessively. She looked out the front window and saw a black man in a gray hoodie and a silver SUV parked in front of the house on the street. The girl called her father and locked herself in the bathroom.

About five minutes later, she came out of the bathroom and saw the SUV backed into her driveway all the way to the end by the garage. She saw another black man wearing a "fire-engine red" colored hoodie, Hollister brand, walking toward the back door. The girl yelled and went back into the bathroom until officers arrived. Her father arrived home shortly afterward and told police nothing appeared to be missing.

In another incident, reported on Sunday, a resident of the 400 block of North Emroy told police that he left for work at about 8 a.m. and returned at 7:30 p.m. to find damage to the rear door of his home. The house was checked and nothing appeared to be missing. The garage to his home had been burglarized about a week prior, police said. No suspect description is available.

MIKE April 13, 2012 at 08:11 AM
We have plenty of police in Elmhurst, our taxes are enough. Just have to keep them out of the donut shops. Seriously, did this young girl who ended up locked in the bathroom Call the Police! she called her dad first which was probably not to wise, hopefully he called the Policia, story doesn't say. These daytime robberies are bold and annoying, if neighbors see someone unusual, believe me the police want to know about it. It could be your neighbors house they are ransacking and robbing and you place might be next week. Keep alert and call when something looks unusual.
MIKE April 13, 2012 at 08:17 AM
One of the comments about police politics is this issue of the assistant city manager, What a joke , tell you alderman or alderperson you don't want an assistant. The City Mgr. job is paid quite well, we never had an assistant before, tell the new guy to get his butt in gear and do the job he was hired to do. Tom B. never had an official assistant ciy mgr. Alderperson Paula Pezza has the correct idea in voting against this position, won't the other alderperson's agree to eliminate this?
Life.Is.Good April 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM
An excerpt taken from the Elmhurst Community Unit District 205 Newsletter: 2/13/12"....Traditional practice has been to tell children not to answer the door when they’re alone, but in light of recent burglaries to empty homes, the officers suggest the following: When someone knocks or rings the bell, without unlocking or opening the door, the child should loudly ask who is there and what they want. If the person responds “It is Mr. Smith, and I’m here to see your father.” The child should say, “My dad is busy and can’t come to the door right now, but I’ll let him know that you stopped by.” If the person doesn’t answer and stays at the door, or they knock loudly at the same or another door a few minutes later, the child should immediately call 911. “Too many times, the child calls Mom or Dad first, then they call the police. This causes confusion and an information gap,” said Officer Kolpak. “Our dispatchers are trained for these types of calls and will talk with the child and police officers at the same time, coordinating the response. Once the officers arrive and resolve the situation, the parent can be contacted. Please impress upon your child that they should not be worried if the police are called and the person turns out to be just the neighbor returning dad's lawnmower. That happens and we understand.”
Life.Is.Good April 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM
cont. Personally, I do not see many children going to the door and talking to the stranger on the other side. My teens would not. When in doubt, call 911, especially if the person on the other side of the door knocks & rings the door aggressively . Too much time is wasted calling their parents first.
Doremus Jessup April 14, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I was driving in Glen Ellyn yesterday and I saw a DuPage Sherriff's car parked on one of the streets and it finally dawned on me that we Elmhurst residents pay taxes towards other law enforcment entitiies, i.e. sheriff and state police. I wonder if they could make the occasional patrol of Elmhurst and if any elected officials in Elmhurst have requested such an option?

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