Burglars tend to target garages because they hold re-sellable items such as power tools, bikes, and lawnmowers. Your car can also beckon a thief.
“They've got your car in there. They've possibly got the keys, the garage door opener to maybe come back and help themselves another day. Ultimately they can go right into the residence,” explained Cicero Police Investigator Jim Myers.
Police are asking homeowners to keep an eye out for a thief they say has already struck three garages in the area.
“What the suspect is doing is he's going in the garages, he's gaining access to them because they're unlocked. People's vehicles are inside, so he's entering the vehicles and he's helping himself to the belongings inside these vehicles,” Investigator Myers said.
On Wedgefield Lane, a victim told police he heard what sounded like someone moving around in the garage. A few seconds later, he heard someone running outside of his house.
He then added that he opened the garage door to find both of his vehicles' doors open with the interior lights on. There were no signs of forced entry into the garage.
On Lombardi Drive, a victim reported that an unknown person entered her unlocked attached garage and stole loose change.
Police are warning residence to lock their garage doors and to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity in the area.
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