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updated: 6/26/2014 4:26 PM

Intruders enter homes, vehicles early Thursday in three Vernon Hills neighborhoods

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Vernon Hills police are investigating reports early Thursday of burglaries to cars and homes in three subdivision on the village's southeast side.

Unspecified items were taken in eight occurrences between 2 and 4 a.m. in the Centennial Crossing, Sanctuary Point and Writer Estates subdivisions.

Six of the reports were from 300 blocks of LaSalle Street and Ranney Avenue in Centennial Crossing, one was from the 1000 block in Sanctuary Point and another was in the 800 block of Writer Court in Writer Estates. Residents were at home at the time, according to Kim Christenson, police department spokesman, but no one was injured.

Christenson said intruders gained access through unlocked doors or windows. "That's a common thread -- there was no force," he said.

In one instance, the homeowner heard something and there was a "confrontation" with an intruder, Christenson said. He declined to give specifics but said no one was injured.

"Homes were entered in four of the incidents. In a couple, both (home and vehicle) were entered. In a couple, just vehicles were entered," Christenson said.

Some residents noticed their vehicles had been entered and moved, he added. Police learned of other incidents as they canvassed the area.

Intruders took "small personal items," primarily from homes, according to Christenson. He would not elaborate on what was taken or the value but said some items were recovered nearby from where they were taken.

Sanctuary Point and Writer Estates are about a mile east of Centennial Crossing.

"Because of the distance between the subdivisions, we're trying to determine if the incidents are related," Christenson said. Police do not think any other burglary reports will be forthcoming from that area for the Thursday time frame.

Anyone who was in those areas at the time and who think they may have seen anything should call police at (847) 362-4449. Also, anyone in those areas who notices anything amiss with their homes or vehicles should not touch anything and call police, Christenson added.

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