Five Rockford men are facing charges related to 45 burglaries in northern Illinois. Belvidere police believe they're responsible for car break-ins at Wal-Mart and the Chrysler plant in Belvidere over the past month.
"Some of the employees would find their cars' windows had been smashed - suspects had gained entry to the interior of the vehicle and taken items of value," said Belvidere Police Chief Jan Noble.
The burglars were caught on tape by surveillance cameras in the businesses' parking lots.
"The surveillance cameras the businesses deployed were instrumental in helping our detectives gain a suspect vehicle. Once that suspect vehicle was detained we had a make, model and year description of the unit," Noble said.
A police officer spotted a vehicle that matched their description and arrested everyone inside Monday. The arrests led to the recovery of nearly 100 stolen items. Police say the victims had left their valuables in plain view in their cars.
"If they saw a purse, a wallet a cell phone or any item of value that was the car that got smashed into."
While the investigation continues, police suggest we hide our possessions in our cars to avoid becoming a target.
Belvidere police are working with Rockford detectives to figure out if the young men could be responsible for burglaries in Rockford.
Additional suspects were taken into custody on Tuesday and may face new charges.