The summer months annually mark an uptick in the number of stolen bicycle reports Wilmette police field, and this year is no different. Police on Friday reported that residents reported 10 such thefts between Aug. 3 and Aug. 14.
Six of the bikes were taken from garages, and another four were taken from where they were parked near stores or at the Wilmette Metra Station. Some were left unlocked, police said, but thieves also defeated locks on other two-wheelers and got away with them.
In two more cases, someone decided not to take the entire bicycles, instead, removing only their seats.
The latest rash of thefts began sometime between Aug. 3 and Aug. 6, when someone entered a garage on the 1500 block of Washington Street and took three bikes at the same time. Police reported there was no sign that entry to the garage was forced.
A property owner on the 200 block of Greenleaf Avenue had particularly bad luck. Sometime Aug. 4 or 5, a thief got into the resident’s unlocked garage and stole two bicycles. When the resident reported that loss, he also told police the garage had been entered once before, sometime between July 4 and July 9. At that time someone stole another bike, along with a portable stereo and car battery charger. The police didn’t say why the garage owner didn’t report that loss in July.
Police got four individual bike-related reports on Aug. 5: someone took the bicycle seats and posts from two bikes that had been parked and locked at the Linden Avenue CTA station; a bicyclist reported that the bicycle he’d locked into a Metra parking lot rack was taken sometime between 3:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.; and another victim told police that a thief got away with the bicycle she’d locked to a tree outside the Carson Pirie Scott department store in the Edens Plaza shopping center, 3200 Lake Ave.
Police asked residents who might have information on any of the thefts to contact the police department at 847-256-1200.Tags: police
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