Police say a crew of multiple suspects stole four vehicles and burglarized at least a dozen other cars during an overnight spree in Antioch on Tuesday.
Antioch Police Department Sgt. Charles Smith told Lake and McHenry County Scanner the crew struck around 3-4 a.m. on Tuesday.
At least four suspects in a mid-size SUV were going around attempting to enter unlocked vehicles.
The crew entered or rummaged through at least seven or eight vehicles in the Clublands subdivision, which is near Savage Road and Club Lake Drive in Antioch.
Four cars were stolen from the same neighborhood by the suspects, Smith said. One of the stolen vehicles was recovered.
The suspects also entered at least three vehicles in the Arbors of Windmill Creek subdivision, which is at North Avenue and Rembrandt Drive in Antioch.
The crew entered one vehicle in the 500 block of Longview Drive, which is just west of the Arbors of Windmill Creek subdivision.
Smith said he does not believe the suspects have been connected to any other similar incidents in nearby communities.
Anyone who captured surveillance footage or witnessed any suspicious activity is asked to contact the Antioch Police Department at 847-270-9111.
The Lindenhurst Police Department issued a warning to its residents following the Antioch incidents.
“Car burglaries are difficult cases to solve, since burglars usually leave very little physical evidence behind after a car burglary has occurred. It takes less than a minute to enter an unlocked vehicle and remove items left inside,” Lindenhurst Police Chief Thomas C. Jones said.
“Often there are no witnesses to these offenses because of the ease and speed. The crimes usually occur on residential streets and driveways at night, when it is less likely the thieves will be seen,” Jones added.
Police recommend that residents lock their vehicles, residences, garages, windows, gates and sheds. Tools, bikes, keys and other valuables should be secured and brought inside.
Police also recommend that exterior lights, security cameras and alarm systems are activated.