Saturday, May 18, 2013
Community: Please lock your car doors and conceal valuables due to recent burglaries from unlocked vehicles in the Tri-Cities.
Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles police departments have a message for you: "Lock your dang car doors, would you?" OK, they're a little nicer than that. Here's what the Geneva Police Department said in a Nixel email message: "Please lock your car doors and conceal valuables due to recent burglaries from unlocked vehicles in the Tri-Cities." Apparently, there's been an increase in burglaries to vehicles in the area. "The majority of these incidents are crimes of opportunity," said Eric Passarelli of the GPD. "It only takes a minute to enter an unlocked car and to remove valuables from inside. Please assist us by securing your vehicles." He also mentions that it's OK to call 911 if you see a car burglary in progress. For non-emergency numbers…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Police reports: Sony laptop carries an inscription from Colossians 3:15.
Geneva Police Department burglary reports carry their share of interest, but rarely is there a moral to the story so neatly inscripted. Here's the blotter item: Someone took a Sony Vaio laptop computer and a black carrying bag from a vehicle parked outside the American Legion, 22 S. Second St., sometime between 12:15 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. April 28, reports said. The victim told police she was hosting an event when she placed the laptop in the rear of the vehicle and discovered it missing after she drove away. The computer, which has a retail value of about $700, carries an engraving that reads: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart, COL 3:15,” reports said. The full passage, according to the BibleGateway.com's New International Version…
Friday, April 5, 2013
The group specializes in daytime smash-and-grab burglaries and is well known in Naperville.
With the recent arrest of an Aurora man for smash-and-grab burglaries in St. Charles, we might have thought that would put an end to those types of burglaries in the area. But hold on just a second. Naperville police now believe a gang that specializes in smash-and-grab burglaries has returned to the city—and officials say they've seen reports that indicate a pattern in other west-suburban towns. Since March, at least 15 burglaries occurred in south Naperville and the method of the burglaries is similar to that of the Felony Lane Gang. The group typically targets areas where women might leave purses or wallets unattended inside vehicles, such as fitness clubs, parks and daycare centers, police said. The burglaries have been going on since …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Three people leave a nighttime yoga class to find their car windows smashed and their purses taken—for a whopping $3,900 loss in damage or stolen property.
Three people just finished with a nighttime yoga class had their inner peace shattered by a smash-and-grab car burglar. The driver's-side windows of three vehicles parked in the 300 block of Stevens Street were broken and purses were taken from each vehicle—an estimated loss of more than $3,900 in damage and stolen property. The burglaries took place sometime between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. March 20, Geneva police reports said. The burglar or burglars struck a black Infinity JX35, a Cadillac and a Toyota Highlander. The estimated costs to repair damage and replace stolen items were $900 from the Infinity, $708 from the Cadillac and $2,305 from the Highlander. All three victims had been attending a yoga session at Prana Yoga, 321 Stevens St., …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Downtown residential areas appear to be targeted overnight, police say.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Monday, February 11
West Chicago police say that within the past week they have seen an increase in the number of vehicle burglaries, primarily overnight in the downtown residential areas between Washington Street and National Street, as well as Arbor Avenue and Route 59. Probably good to be on the alert in Geneva, too. The common factor in these cases was that the vehicles were left unlocked, police said in a release issued Monday. The West Chicago Police Department is advising the public to follow these safety tips to help prevent falling victim to car burglary:
Friday, July 1, 2011
Police reports: 'Tis the season for people to break into your car. So here are two blotter items and a helpful reminder.
A former editor and dear friend of mine once told me he never again wanted to see " 'Tis the season" in any headline, but here's a tongue-in-cheek violation of the rule, in body copy. 'Tis the season for car burglaries. Don't let it happen to you or your neighborhood. A couple of GPS-related car burglaries probably serve as a nice reminder for all of us to gird our loins and guard our Garmins. Vehicle Burglary—Someone took a Garmin GPS from a vehicle parked in the 300 block of Greenfield Circle sometime between 7:30 p.m. June 16 and 7:20 a.m. June 17, reports said. The GPS had an estimated value of $70. Vehicle Burglary—Someone took a Garmin GPS from a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home in the 300 block of Colonial Circle sometime …