Cops probe trio of break-ins
Wilmette police are investigating three burglaries reported Saturday within minutes of each other; one on the 700 block of Washington Street, the second on the 1600 block of Elmwood Avenue and the third on the 2500 block of Kenilworth Avenue.
Investigators believe all three were probably the work of the same person or crew, Police Chief Brian King said Monday.
Police were called to the Washington burglary shortly before 8 p.m. A resident told them that jewelry valued at $5,000 was taken. They noticed the loss after coming home to let their dog out. Items in various safes were left behind.
Minutes later, police checked the Elmwood house after its alarm went off. They discovered the back door had been forced open, and the alarm panel was ripped from the wall and the wires were cut. Police reported some jewelry might have been taken. The owners were out of town at the time.
Officers checked the final burglary less than 15 minutes later on Kenilworth, again because the house’s alarm was tripped. Police again found that someone tried to force the rear door open, this time unsuccessfully. Damage to the door was estimated at $100, but the homeowner said nothing appeared to have been taken.~.