Crown Point residents urged to be vigilant following string of burglaries
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent September 10, 2013 8:08PM
Updated: October 15, 2013 6:27AM
CROWN POINT — Police have issued a community alert after the third residential burglary since Aug. 1 and are urging residents to watch out for suspicious vehicles and individuals in their neighborhoods.
Crown Point Police Chief Pete Land said a home in the 13000 block of Madison Street was burglarized Tuesday and the suspect ran away when the owner opened the garage door.
A search using the city’s police K-9 unit and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department Air unit was unsuccessful. No description of a suspect is available.
“The responding officers did a good job in their search of the area and calling in other agencies to assist us. It appears as if we were just a few minutes behind the suspect fleeing from the house,” Land said.
The burglar has primarily taken jewelry from the homes. Community members are asked to be vigilant and alert for suspicious vehicles or people during the daytime, especially early afternoon hours.
Police also are reminding people to lock their parked vehicles overnight and remove valuable items. Crown Point police have responded to four cases in the past weeks of items stolen from unlocked vehicles overnight. Several recent arrests have been made. Electronic devices, wallets and checkbooks are some of the items taken.
Anyone with information on the burglaries may call Detective Larry Scott at 663-2131, Ext. 171, or contact the department’s anonymous Crime Tip Line at 662-2131, Ext. 265.