Home burglary spike in River Forest

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Reports of more residential burglaries in River Forest surfaced Monday and Tuesday after similar cases were reported dating back to May 20, according to Police Chief Gregory Weiss.

“There are several similarities in this pattern,” said Weiss. “A cluster of four burglaries occurred on the 500-600 block of Keystone. A suspect has been identified in connection with one of the burglaries which occurred on May 20, and the department is actively seeking their arrest.”

It is unsure whether or not separate burglaries that occurred on the 1300 block of Ashland and 1100 block of Harlem are connected to the Keystone reports, but the police department is not ruling it out.

There will be an increased number of overnight patrol cars in the area because of the recent crime. In addition to standard squad cars, there will also be unmarked tactical vehicles, according to Weiss.

“Fortunately this type of crime is rare in River Forest; however, there are some steps you can take to protect your property,” said Weiss. “First and foremost make sure you lock your doors at night and set your house alarm if you have one. Turn on exterior lights. Keep a phone nearby so you can call the police immediately. Record serial numbers or take photographs of high-value items. Mark the items with a unique identifier that only you can identify if it is recovered.”

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