Rash of burglaries reported in Brookfield

Seven break-ins reported in the past three weeks


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By Bob Uphues


Brookfield has experienced a rash of burglaries in the last two months, including three within a 24-hour period last week.

Since the first of the year, 10 residential burglaries have been reported in the village. According to police, seven of those have happened in the past three weeks. All but two of the 10 burglaries have taken place south of Ogden Avenue.

The break-ins typically have occurred during the daytime hours while the victims were at work. In most instances, burglars gain entry to the homes through windows or doors that can't be seen from the street.

In a press release issued Thursday, police asked residents to be vigilant in reporting suspicious people in their neighborhoods and to beware of door-to-door solicitors. Police said the burglars are likely knocking on doors to see if anyone is home prior to breaking in.

The latest incidents were reported on Feb. 27 and 28. A resident of the 4500 block of Oak Avenue reported that he noticed his home had been burglarized when he returned home from school about 5 p.m. on Feb. 27.

Entry was gained through the rear door to the home and all of the rooms of the house were ransacked. Taken from the home were two flat-panel TVs, video game systems and games, a laptop computer, a digital camera, jewelry, designer purses, two leather jackets and two swords.

The same day about 7 p.m., a resident of the 4400 block of Deyo Avenue reported that when she came home from work, she noticed the garage door open. Police reported that someone had kicked in the rear door to the residence and removed jewelry, two flat-panel TVs, a laptop computer and three bottles of wine.

At 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 28, a resident of the 4600 block of Maple Avenue reported he had just returned home from work and discovered an open kitchen window on the side of the house. The resident reported that a TV was missing from the home.

Anyone noticing suspicious activity is asked to call 911.

Email: buphues@wjinc.com Twitter: @RBLandmark

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Alana Waters-Piper from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: March 2nd, 2013 4:50 PM

Heather, I failed to extend my sympathies for what your family went through. I'm so sorry to hear that you guys had to experience such a violation.

Alana Waters-Piper from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: March 2nd, 2013 4:47 PM

We have a motion-activated bird feeder camera in our backyard. We intended to catch neat shots of birds at the feeders, but it also caught one of our neighbors coming in through our gate!


Posted: March 2nd, 2013 11:54 AM

In this day of technology all sorts of camera's are available set them up and use them. Deer hunters use your spotting camera's, deers never spot them, i doubt the burglar will either. Always lock, load, safety. Make yourself safe and the burglar the victim.

mark roegner from brookfield  

Posted: March 1st, 2013 8:28 PM

could not agree more heather. you need to watch your neighbors houses and your whole block. we need a whole neighborhood watch village like western springs. i have reported alot of suspicious activity on my block and keep an eye on all the houses around us.

Heather from Brookfield  

Posted: March 1st, 2013 3:08 PM

Thank you for writing this article. We were one of the victims from earlier in the month. We moved to Brookfield because it was a safe place and seemed like a good place to raise children. We believe it still is, but explaining to a 4-year old why "the bad guys" came into our house was heartbreaking. I echo what the police asked: Let's be good neighbors for each other. Call the police when you see something suspicious. Let's pay attention to what's going on in our neighborhood, on our block.

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