Police in both Brookfield and Riverside have issued alerts after a series of burglaries in the village recently.
Brookfield police reported that between June 6 and June 10, the village had experienced 26 incidents in which vehicles had been burglarized. In each case, said police, the vehicles were unlocked and happened during the overnight hours with offender taking small items and loose change.
The incidents have taken place as far north as 2900 and as far south as 4400, but are in a fairly narrow east-west range, principally between Custer and Vernon, with at least one incident as far west as Elm Avenue.
Brookfield police say that three of the incidents have been caught on video surveillance cameras, and they believe the same person appears on at least two of the videos.
Police have released an image from one of the videos, which shows an adult male entering two vehicles parked in a driveway in the 4100 block of Elm Avenue at about 5 a.m. on June 8.
The man is wearing a Chicago Cubs baseball cap and a long-sleeved shirt with a Charlotte Hornets logo. A man wearing the same shirt was also caught by a video surveillance camera entering an unlocked car in the alley behind the west side of the 3700 block of Grand Boulevard at about 5 a.m. on June 10, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Brookfield police at 708-485-8131. Police also encourage people to lock their car doors and keep valuables out of sight.
Riverside burglary alert
Also on Thursday, Riverside police warned homeowners that in the past two weeks the village had experienced at least four residential burglaries.
On June 8 between 8:15 and 10:40 a.m., someone reportedly forced entry into a residence in the 300 block of Addison Road by breaking through a glass rear door to steal thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry and electronic equipment.
One neighbor reported seeing a suspicious vehicle, described as a white sedan, possibly a Chevy Impala with dark-tinted windows, driven by a white or Hispanic male, in the area.
And on June 9, the owner of a home in the 700 block of Selborne Road called police to report that someone forced open a side door sometime between 8 a.m. on June 7 and 11:10 a.m. on June 9.
The offender rummaged through the basement area and an upstairs bedroom, though nothing appeared to be missing, according to the police report.
Meanwhile, in the past 10 days police have responded to two reports of burglaries in the 300 block of Lionel Road. In both instances, rear doors were forced open during the daytime hours. No other information was available about those incidents, though police said they were able to recover some evidence.
Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said he has increased patrols in those areas. Residents are encouraged to call 911 to report any suspicious activity.