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Caroline's Crime Prevention Tip of the Week

Elmhurst police are warning residents of a spate of daytime burglaries in the last month.

Thieves hit houses on Sept. 5 in the 400 block of Hill Street, on Sept. 16 in the 900 block of Chatham Street, on Sept. 21 in the 200 block of Chandler Street and on Sept. 25 in the 300 block of May Street.

In addition, there were two burglaries reported on Thursday in the 200 block of Chandler Street and the 200 block of Adelia Street.

Police Chief Michael Ruth said the burglaries have occurred on streets between the Eisenhower Expressway and York Street. They all have occurred during the daytime.

"The modus operandi is similar in all the incidents since September. They use brute force on the front or back door," he said.

The items taken have been cash and jewelry, he said.

He said the police do not currently have a suspect or suspects but have increased their focus on the areas where the burglaries have taken place.

"We're increasing patrols, and we've got undercover police working in the area," he said. "We're asking neighbors to be watchful."

He said residents should be wary of anyone coming to their door and asking for someone who lives there who does not.

"That could be a ruse to see if anyone is home or if they have a dog," he said.
He said residents should call police if anything seems suspicious or out of the ordinary.

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