A string of break-ins, thefts and attempted break-ins occurred in the Williamsburg Village area of Skokie, east of Crawford and north of Dempster, sometime during the night between Wednesday Aug. 21 and 22, according to an email from a neighbors' association and information from Skokie police.
The police information said offenders gained entry in two of the homes by entering through unlocked rear doors, and entered one home through an unlocked, open window. Cash, electronics, jewelry and other items were taken. The offenders also tried to enter another home but did not get in.
The Williamsburg neighbors' communication said one break-in was attempted several days prior, and another break-in was attempted the night before the string of break-ins.
By the neighbors' group's count, four homes were broken into, or an attempted break-in occurred, last Wednesday night/Thursday morning. They suspected the activity happened between 3:30 a.m. and 4:17 a.m.
The neighbors' group said Skokie police were in the area Thursday, and responded quickly when a resident called to report a suspicious person.
Chicago.cbslocal.com reported that one resident said his wife's purse was found in their yard. Another family had two iPads, an iPad mini and two iPods taken.
The neighbors' group distributed to residents a list of crime prevention tips from Skokie police. It included advice to lock doors and windows, use windows with a "stop" to prevent them from being fully opened, use alarm systems and motion detectors, and report suspicious people. It also said children have great "spidey senses" and may pick up on the fact something is wrong.