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Multiple Burglaries Discovered Within a Short Distance and in a Short Time Period

North Larch, North Walnut and Addison streets targeted over the past few days.

Police are looking into burglaries and attempted burglary in Elmhurst between Thursday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 19, and all in the same area of town.

The 400 block of North Larch Street was a focal point of activity on Thursday, Jan. 17. Police said that while they were investigating a garage burglary on the street, they were led to a neighboring house that was broken into. And, a vehicle on the block was burglarized later that night.

Sometime between 7:45 and 10:40 p.m. Jan. 17, someone broke into a garage and shed on the 400 block of North Larch. The victim returned home and saw a man in his neighbor's back yard. The suspect ran to a dark pickup truck, entered the passenger door, and the vehicle fled the area in an unknown direction. The resident discovered he had been burglarized, then found some of his property in the neighbor's back yard. Not everything was recovered, however. Taken were four Yokohama 22-inch tires and rims.

Next door, where the neighbor's property was found, police discovered pry marks and an open door. The owner was out of town but was able to determine that a television, Apple TV box, Xbox and a Pioneer iPod docking station were removed from the home. The truck had been backed into the driveway but was gone by the time police arrived, according to the police report.

Later in the night, sometime between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. Jan. 18, someone broke into an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway of a home on the 400 block of Larch. Taken were several credit cards, a wallet, $500, a retired River Forest Police badge and police identification. The offender was able to make a fraudulent charge with the credit cards "at an unknown location," police said.

Just a few blocks away, between 2:13 and 3:50 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, someone attempted to enter a home on the 200 block of North Walnut, police said. Someone broke out an 11-inch-square window on the front door. They were not successful in entering the home, however. Damage is estimated at $30.

And, only about a block away from the Larch burglaries, police were called to the 400 block of Addison for a stolen dog house. Sometime between 9 p.m. Jan. 18 and 7 a.m. Jan. 19, a $300 dog house was taken from the side of a garage. The victim said several items also were moved around inside the garage, but nothing appeared to be missing. The victim believes the subject gained entry to the garage through an unlocked service door.

Independence666 January 23, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Are the Elmhurst police ever going to do something about this? It seems like our town has become a shopping center for thieves. Elmhurst cops PLEASE DO YOUR JOB!!!!
Leo January 24, 2013 at 12:07 AM
You have got to be kidding me. Do you honestly think burglaries are happening in elmhurst alone? They are happening everywhere, you just hear about it more because of the internet, which is good so we know whats going on. Did you ever ask how many police officers are patroling at any given time. I suspect they do have to handle calls and complaints, car accidents, court. Maybe there are not enough Elmhurst Police Officers on the street. Maybe you should call the new chief and ask him to put more officers on the street, which would mean your taxes would go up. When the police arrest these criminals, like the elmhurst police have done over the past year (reading the Patch on the internet) where do you think they go, the make believe prison? Read the papers, the great Gov. Quinn is shutting down two prisons, where are all those "up standing citizens" going to go, you got it on the streets. The prez has really got this economy going (ha ha) so all these "up standing citizens" don't have any means of being employed so they steal. Chicago's homicides for this past year was extremely high, where are we putting those arrested for homicide? You choose who you want in the dwindling prison space, killers or thieves? You want Elmhurst (or Illinois) to be safe we are going to have to pony up an pay for it, either in more places to put people or in loss of property. I would love to see the burglaries stop. Oh yeah, no mention of an alarm system is there. None of these victims seem to
Stewart Levine January 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM
I think you are mistaken, along with any other "citizen" who thinks that the police are going to protect them, or their property. This is the argument behind the gun debate, or 'gun control' they would like to take guns away from law abiding citizens, criminals already don't care about the law and will always be armed no matter what. Here is another fact, there are over 100,000 street gang members in Chicago alone, not including suburbs... yet only 200 gang officers in the city. Does anyone really think the police are going to protect them? If someone breaks into your home, hopefully you are armed and can put them out of their desperate misery, protecting your home, family and private property. If the police come they just get a slap on the wrist and in and out of the revolving door of the criminal justice system to do it again. I would like to see some stories of citizens blowing away intruders or dogs mauling them to death. We need to let criminal elements know that citizens are armed, and can lawfully defend their property and persons.
Independence666 January 25, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Stewart, if you are correct, then the police force is a total waste of our tax dollars, and they all should be fired.

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