Riverside police issued an alert Thursday morning, warning residents that there appeared to be four daytime residential burglary attempts within the village during the past month — three of them in past week.
Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said he believes all of them may be related. The last three, he said, are certainly related. Entry was gained in two of the incidents, but items — jewelry — were reported missing from just one home.
“They all have the same M.O.,” said Weitzel, “front door, physical force and between 2:30 and 4 p.m.”
Two of the incidents in the past week incidents were reported to police on Wednesday afternoon. At 2:25 p.m., a woman living in the 100 block of Longcommon Road called 911 to report a possible burglary in progress at her home.
The woman told police she was in the shower when she heard a loud pounding on her door, followed by a large thump. When police arrived two minutes later, they found no one at the scene and noticed no damage to the door, which was solid wood and reinforced.
At 3:11 p.m., a resident of the 400 block of Uvedale Road contacted police after coming home to find the front door of her home kicked in, with the door frame broken out. The homeowner told police she didn’t believe any property was missing from the house.
“The door was literally kicked right off the hinges,” said Weitzel.
On April 23, police reported an attempted burglary at a home in the 200 block of North Delaplaine Road. Two teenage girls were inside the home at 3:30 p.m. when they heard a loud bang. Later that evening, the homeowner discovered pry marks on the front door.
The first burglary was reported at 10 a.m. on April 11 in the 100 block of Scottswood Road. In that incident, the homeowner observed that the front door had been forced open and several rooms were ransacked.
Several pieces of gold jewelry were reported missing from the home.
Weitzel said that in the wake of the burglary reports, he has staggered patrol shifts in order to have as many officers as possible on the streets during the afternoon hours. He also asked residents to call police to report suspicious people, vehicles and noises.