Police have released video of a serial burglar, who has possibly burglarized at least 10 homes in Gurnee since May, trying to break into a home early Friday morning.
The Gurnee Police Department released the video Friday afternoon of the suspect, who broke into six homes during the overnight hours from Thursday night to Friday morning.
All homes were within a close proximity to each other in the Stonebrook neighborhood, which is a neighborhood to the southwest of Route 132 and Hunt Club Road.
The Gurnee Police Department said that wallets and purses were removed from inside of each home. In all of the cases, the suspect made entry through unlocked back doors or open garage doors.
Security video provided by a resident shows a man attempting to open a rear sliding glass door of a home. The door was locked and the suspect walked away from the home.
“The subject in the video and the method of entry into these homes is similar to the incidents that occurred in May. We are requesting help from the community in identifying this individual,” Gurnee Police spokeswoman Shawn Gaylor said.
Police are encouraging residents to secure the doors leading to the interior of their homes. This includes front doors, back doors, garage doors and the door leading from the garage to the inside of the home. Lighting around the exterior of a home is highly recommended, police said.
“It remains the most effective night time crime prevention technique that can be employed. Residents should call 911 to report any suspicious activity,” Gaylor said.
Anyone having information about these burglaries or video camera footage related to them is asked to call the Gurnee Police Department at 847-599-7000. Those whose wish to remain anonymous can call Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222. Information may lead to a cash reward.