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Naperville Police Issue Warning After Series of Brazen Car Break-ins – NBC Chicago


Police in
suburban Naperville are issuing a warning to residents after a string of brazen
car break-ins over the weekend.

According
to police, thieves hit the parking lots of two Orange Theory Fitness locations
on Friday, and then struck again Sunday in the parking lot of the DuPage Sports
Complex.

In all, 10
car burglaries were reported between the two days, and the nature of the thefts
stunned residents.

“I leave
everything in my car,” resident Darell Cintron said. “So now I know to take
everything out and lock it up.”

Naperville
police say that many calls they receive about thefts involving cars occur when
cars are left unlocked, but in this situation, the thieves forced entry into
vehicles, shattering windows and prying doors open to steal purses and bags.

The thieves
also used credit cards around the Naperville area, authorities said.

Deputy Police
Chief Jason Arres says that while it may be tempting to leave valuables in the
car in order to avoid using locker rooms at gyms during the coronavirus
pandemic, these thefts prove that it’s still best to have your possessions in a
safe place.

“When you
know you’re going to work out, use the minimalist theory,” he said.

Naperville
police are working with other departments around the area to see any other
communities were dealing with similar issues in recent days. No arrests have
been made at this time.





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