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Elmhurst Police Investigating Two Daytime Burglaries Tuesday

Son comes home to find front door wide open.

Elmhurst police are investigating two burglaries that occurred during the daytime hours Tuesday.

A resident of the 500 block of Washington told police she returned home from work at about 6:30 p.m. and didn't notice anything suspicious. But while she was cooking dinner, she saw that the dining room window was wide open. She began looking through the house and found her jewelry box open and its contents strewn on her bed. She was unsure which jewelry items were missing at the time of the report.

Also taken from the home was $106 in cash and an iPad 2 from her son's room. Her son said when he got home from school the front door was wide open, but he assumed his brother left it open when he got home from school.

Police said the burglary happened sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

A home on the 900 block of Hawthorne also was broken into on Tuesday, police said.

The resident entered her home through a locked rear kitchen door at about 11:15 a.m. When she got inside, she noticed a bar chair in the basement had been knocked over, a rear basement door window was broken and glass was on the floor. At the time of the report, she had not discovered any items missing.

Police said the burglary occurred between 8:15 and 11:15 a.m.

This brings the number of burglaries reported in the last week to four. Two additional burglaries were reported Sept. 14.

Citizen September 22, 2012 at 05:04 PM
We hear about DUI crackdowns and now distracted driving crackdowns but what is being done about HOME BREAK INS? Does someone actually have to be hurt or worse, killed during a break in before there is a crackdown? I constantly see solicitors and people distributing coupons and flyers in my neighborhood. I call the police as recommended but am told that they are approved solicitors and have been granted permits. Yes, I agree the companies may have been approved and granted permits but what about the actual solicitors? Who ran their criminal history ? There is a major crime problem relating to home invasions, I understand there is surely a fee associated with a solicitors license but is that fee worth the safety of our towns citizens? Maybe there should be a total halt to all soliciting of any kind in Elmhurst until some of these crimes can be stopped. This way it should be easier for citizens to recognize people who don't belong in their neighborhoods and contact police. Is this the answer, maybe not, but it would be a start!
Stewart Levine September 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM
i hope a citizen catches the burglar, and just kills them, save the donut squad the time, energy and money. they have a nice racket busting dui's paying for their new squad cars. police these days are more concerned with revenue generating, all this protect and serve stuff is bull. once your home is burglarized it will always be in your memory as a repeat and constant violation of your body, privacy and home or castle however you want to look at it. our current justice system is out of date and obsolete dealing with the massive flood of illegal alien immigrants, muslims and massive influx of drug addiction + unemployment. putting a perpetrator that has done this behind bars for 6 years is too costly and will cost the average tax payer the cost of housing them, the pubic defender, the jury, the judge, the states attorney, and food clothing shelter, electricity, and cable television. commissary, you name it. most offenders do 50% of their sentence anyways so 6 years turns into 2 and a half years in the state of illinois. you would be doing the cops a favor, and the poor sob who chooses to vicitimizes your friends, neighbors, and community, probably for heroin or some other massively addictive drug. just buy a gun and protect your family. they recently opened up a new gun store in oakbrook terrace near butterfield and midwest road.
Tom Smalley December 17, 2012 at 07:35 PM
glad i moved out of elmhurst , my mom wanted to give me her house after my dad died .......I told her NO THANKS...........this is not the same elmhurst my parents lived in for near 50 years . they did make it better but it takes more than a few residents to do so, I was raised in Elmhurst for 28 years and in our neighborhood it was Common to know the 150 homes Names of all that lived there , we left our doors open ,keys in the car ,ect , we had block parties it was more close nit ......thats hard to find anymore .......I think the news is right ,America has taken God out of everyday lives

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