Residents warned of burglaries to unlocked cars in Mount Prospect, Des Plaines

Updated 6/26/2020 7:31 PM

Police are urging residents to make sure their cars are locked after a ring of burglars stole from several unlocked vehicles parked in driveways in Mount Prospect and Des Plaines this week.

Mount Prospect officer George Sill said investigators believe one of the people stole an unlocked car from a driveway because the car's fob was nearby enough for the push-button ignition to start the car.


Several people, apparently split between two white or light-colored vehicles, made their way through several streets in Mount Prospect and Des Plaines early Thursday morning, according to home surveillance video submitted to the Daily Herald by readers.

In several videos, the drivers can be seen going slowly down streets while accomplices on foot run from parked car to parked car, checking doors to see if they would open.

Sill said investigators believe the group might have been using two or three vehicles Thursday morning.

Anyone with surveillance videos of the Thursday morning robberies is encouraged to contact Mount Prospect police.

"The videos will help us piece the timeline together," Sill said.

He encouraged residents to lock their car doors and to not keep valuables or key fobs in vehicles. Sill also advised residents to close car windows and sunroofs and garage doors.

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