The summer season brings out sunbathers, beach devotees and barbecue lovers.
Unfortunately, as Wilmette police can attest, it can also bring out burglary buffs.
Wilmette detectives are investigating more than 15 burglaries to cars in the village, all of which were reported between July 24 and July 26, Sgt. Michael McGarry said Tuesday. In each case, victims’ cars were unlocked.
“We think the incidents in this two-night spree are definitely related,” he added.
A resident on the 99 block of Crescent Place called police July 25 when she thought she saw three people jogging away from her sister’s automobile; she found the contents of the glove box thrown across the front seat, and a small electronic music player had been taken.
July 24 or 25, someone took a smart phone, electronic music player and charger, as well as loose change, from a car parked on the 200 block of Linden Avenue.
Those losses totaled more than $600.
Burglars hit two cars on the 1200 block of Gregory Avenue in the same period. Nothing was taken from one car; the other victim lost about $50 in cash.
A resident on the 100 block of 13th Street discovered a burglar got away with a wallet that contained several gift cards, some loose change and an electronic music player; the loss totaled $405.
On the 100 block of 16th Street, someone got into a car the previous night or early that morning, but came away with nothing.
Keys left in car
On the 200th block of 16th Street, someone broke into a victim’s two vehicles earlier that day, but got nothing from either. The keys had been left in the car. It appeared that the burglar tried to steal it, but might have been thwarted simply because the Honda was a manual transmission.
Someone broke into a car on the 100 block of Park Avenue, July 25 or 26, gaining some loose change.
Police investigated two other cases July 26; a car on the 400 block of Fifth Street and one on the 100 block of Sixth Street. Nothing appeared to have been taken in either case. Earlier, between July 24 and 25, police responded to two incidents on the 1500 block of Walnut Avenue, two on the 300 block of Central Avenue, another on the 100 block of Fifth Street, one on the 500 block of Park Avenue and one on the 1300 block of Wilmette Avenue.
“Obviously, we don’t have seven or eight a day during the summer, but there are definitely times in the summer when we can get 10 to 12 over a weekend, or a two-day period,” McGarry said