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.

Rachel Abata April 09, 2012 at 10:48 PM
These break ins are getting out of control...what is the city doing about this? Extra patrols I hope?
Doremus Jessup April 10, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Oh Leooooooo.
Stewart Levine April 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Actually the city isn't doing much, read the one about the home that just got ripped off 40k in jewelry in broad day light? which doesn't make elmhurst look too good, and while they were walking out the front door with the jewelry city hall is trying to figure out new ways to screw you as well. You might think $150,00 for a city assistant manager, and a 2nd city pension would be better spent paying for 3 new police officers working burglaries full time. check it out http://elmhurst.patch.com/articles/assistant-position-survives-challenges Anyways a neighbor of mine said that they noticed people by a garage of a house the other day, and that made me think of all these damn flyers that keep landing on my front porch for lawn care services ETC, they shove them in my door handle, garage door handle, even had one rubber banded to my garage door. these people arent making any $$$$ because of the poor economy no one is buying their services so they start knocking on doors next trying to open doors to see whose home, then get on the phone and let their accomplices know. think about it, too perfect. i'm only speculating.
Stewart Levine April 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Really it's a sad situation when things like this happen, remember the indian head park girl whose home got robbed and she was killed? We do not need that negative publicity in elmhurst. Jim Court please feel free to chime in.
JL April 10, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I definitely remember Kelli from Indian Head Park because I taught her at Highlands. I live in Elmhurst and do not feel safe anymore. I feel the City needs to do more!! I wish that girl on Walnut got a license plate. I want these thugs arrested.
Leo April 10, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I love all the personal comments, without any thing backing it up. Really, have any one of you actually spoken to a police officer here in town about anything, I have on numerous occasions. Yes, the police department redirected officers from all other shifts for extra patrols in the residential areas. Yes, they did catch two different burglary crews responsible for the majority of the break ins, but just like weeds they keep coming back. How about taking some personal responsibility and not relying on the government for everything. I know you pay taxes, but so do I. I have done what I can to protect my kids and property, security alarm, breaker bars, steel framed doors, oh and a big safe where I put my valuables when I’m not using them. Remember something, if someone wants to get into your house, they will, but making it a little harder will prevent the amateurs. And I was told the time frame for the $40k burglary was the entire day, not when school was let out. Rumor has it that in order to pay for the asst city manager, the police department is losing a police officer’s spot and possibly several more. Everyone wants more, but it looks like we are getting less.
Leo April 10, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Stewart, you want a concealed carry law passed, I 100% behind you, but that is a little bigger problem than little old Elmhurst. Have you done anything to try to get the ball rolling on this? Petitions, letter campaigns, etc..let me know and I’ll jump on board with you. My final security defense I added is two hand guns (in my safe), but I would be happier carrying them.
PJC April 10, 2012 at 06:56 PM
There was a police officer in an unmarked car ticketing motorists for not making a full stop at Vallette and Poplar yesterday. No, I was not one of his victims, but I think he could have been reassigned to a more meaningful task - say patroling our neighborhoods!
PJC April 10, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Sorry, spelling correction - patrolling
York April 10, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Maybe he was also watching the neighborhoods while he was there. Who knows a ticket could lead to something else. No matter what the police do someone will find fault with it.
PJC April 10, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Point taken, but I still believe in light of this recent break-in, better use of our police officers' time should be made.
an Elmhurst mom April 10, 2012 at 09:54 PM
I have been reading the Hinsdale Patch and there seem to be far fewer home and car burglaries in Hinsdale. Forgive my naïvety, but what is the difference?? Is it more home alarms, the lack of major throughways (North Ave, Butterfield, 83, Lake), more tax money for more police? We are assuming these criminals are coming to Elmhurst from other cities, so I honestly don't get it. What am I missing??
Karen Chadra (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 12:05 AM
One of the reasons I've heard repeatedly is the easy access to all the major expressways in Elmhurst. It's a quick in and out. I used to work in Hinsdale and it's much more difficult to get out of town quickly.
Jim Court April 11, 2012 at 02:21 AM
I hate this. I right a long and well thought out comment where it says to leave a comment, which is the natural response. It does not say to sign in first !!! Once again, everything I wrote disappeared. Stewart said to sign in but that should not happen first and I am not sure that there is a place. I get an e-mail from the patch, I open an article, I respond, I am then told to sign in, even though it is from my e-mail address, and when I do, what I have written disappears. Karen, why is this? It is extremely frustrating and I no longer wish to waste my time.
Jim Court April 11, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Stewart Levine April 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM
I have faith in the EPD however more needs to be done obviously.
laura francis April 11, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Rescue a German Shepherd from "death row," as we have MANY kill shelter in the area...they are super intelligent, more so than any burglar, and I guarantee all of your safety conerns shall be eradicated!
Karen Chadra (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Sorry Jim! The sites have undergone some upgrades recently, and a result of that is there are some bugs in the comment function. In some cases, comments aren't showing up at all. It's happening on a lot of Patch sites. I just got word from the tech department that they are working on it. Thanks for your patience.
black hawk April 13, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Ok what's wrong with this picture, the police department is not working with the community. They come out with a prepared speech then go back and hide at the police department. They should be out in the neighboorhood getting to know us. These guys running the department are more concerned with tickets+money, they think crime = job security. We need a new approach in public service......................
Jim Court April 13, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Stewart, You write, The city isn't doing much. Later you say you have faith in the Police. You have contributed many great thoughts but which one is it ? I have offered to meet with you and others to address this issue. Take care.
Jim Court April 13, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Karen, Hinsdale has a fair amount of access points. I believe other reasons exist.
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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