"We're looking at everything and working with other communities, but there are a lot of these types of things going on in Metro Chicago," he added.
These are the home burglaries that have been reported so far:
- Jan. 3: Two burglaries were reported—the 9000 block of Basswood Drive and the 9000 block of Timberwood Lane—with about $50,000 in jewelry taken from one residence.
- Jan. 6: Another two burglaries were reported—the 8100 block of Mallow Drive and the 6500 block of 177th Street.
- Jan. 15: Police responded to a call of a burglary in the 9100 block of Basswood Drive. Minutes earlier, a neighbor in the area reported seeing a suspicious vehicle on the street.
Jan. 15: Two burglaries were reported—the 18000 block of John Charles Drive and an adjacent house on Voss Drive—and investigators believe they might have happened within an hour of each other. One of the residents was home taking a shower at the time and saw the burglars leave.
Jan. 20: Six houses were burglarized on this day—the 7200 block of Southwick Court; the 22600 block of Stanford Drive; the 8300 block of Brookhaven Drive; the 7300 block of Southwick Drive; the 7200 block of Southwick Drive; and the 22500 block of Parkview Lane.
The break-ins also have shared these similarities:
- forced entry through a garage service or other outside door
- suspects went straight to the master bedroom
- jewelry and small electronics have been targeted
- the burglaries have happened in the afternoon or early evening
- except for one case, the residents haven't been home
Investigators from the departments have talked to one another about these cases, and information has been shared with other agencies, too, said Frankfort Deputy Chief Kevin Keegan. Police use an electronic bulletin system to share information with other departments across the country, which can result in a tip on a possible suspect or a lead in the case, Keegan added.
Tinley Park police say the following vehicles might have been used in the burglaries:
- a white box truck
- a silver pick-up truck with a ladder sticking out from the bed
- a dark-colored Toyota Corolla
The villages of Tinley Park and Frankfort both sent out alerts about the burglaries to their residents, asking them call 911 to report any suspicious activity.
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