UPDATE: Teens Arrested in Connection to Car Break-Ins


ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Spring break is usually a time for students to relax from tests and homework, but a few local students are using their time off to break the law. After a rash of burglaries earlier in the week, several teens have been arrested for car burglaries.

Just this week, Rockford Police arrested six teenagers and a 12-year-old for breaking into cars during spring break in District 205. Officers say the extra free time could be the reason for the recent burglaries which happened in multiple areas throughout the northwest part of the city, including the 3200 block of Gilbert Avenue near Rockford Memorial Hospital. Investigators say of the 7 kids arrested, four of them, two boys and two girls broke into fifteen cars in one night, stealing things like sunglasses and a GPS system.

“Most of the kids we’ve arrested have been school age children. As far as other factors, once again it’s the vehicles are left unlocked and the valuables are left in sight of somebody walking by the vehicle,” said Lt. Marc Welsh with the Rockford Police Department.

Officers tell us most of the cars that have been broken into were unlocked and valuables were left out, so they’re encouraging us to be smart and lock our doors.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Below is a release from the Rockford Police Department concerning the numerous vehicle burglaries overnight on April 16th.:

From the Rockford Police Department:

During the evening hours of April 16th, 2013, numerous Burglary from Vehicle incidents occurred in northwest Rockford. The incidents were reported to the Rockford Police Department. The vehicles that were entered were vehicles that were left unlocked with valuables in sight.

Rockford Police Detectives conducted follow up investigation into the Burglary from Vehicle incidents. The facts of the investigation were reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. The following charges were authorized:

Juvenile male 15, years of age, Rockford, Illinois
Burglary from Vehicle (3200 Gilbert)
Burglary from Vehicle (2400 N. Rockton)

Juvenile male, 12 years of age, Rockford, Illinois
Burglary from Vehicle (3200 Gilbert)
Burglary from Vehicle (2400 N. Rockton)

Juvenile female, 14 years of age, Rockford, Illinois
Burglary from Vehicle (3200 Gilbert)
Burglary from Vehicle (2400 N. Rockton)

Juvenile female, 14 years of age, Rockford, Illinois
Burglary from Vehicle (3200 Gilbert)
Burglary from Vehicle (2400 N. Rockton)

During the investigation all 4 juveniles were placed under arrest.

The below listed Burglary from Vehicle incidents were cleared as a results of the 4 arrests:

600 Garfield Ave
2000 N. Church St.
2400 N. Rockton Ave (2 incidents)
2100 N. Court St (2 incidents)
1200 Grant Ave
3200 Sunnyside Dr
1600 N. Court St
1200 Garrison Ave
2600 Auburn St.
2100 Lawndale Ave
1700 N. Court St.

Please remember when leaving your vehicles unattended, keep your valuables locked up and out of sight.


ROCKFORD - Police say almost a dozen car burglaries were reported overnight Wednesday.

The 11 burglaries took place in the area south and west of Main and Auburn streets. The streets hit include the blocks of 600 Garfield Avenue, 1200 Grant Avenue, 1200 Garrison Avenue, 1700 N Court Street, 2000 N Church Street, 3200 Sunnyside Avenue, 2100 N Court Street, 2400 N Rockton Avenue at the Rockford Memorial Hospital and 2100 Lawndale Avenue.

Police say they do not currently have any confirmed suspects other than a group of juveniles, who police were unable to locate.


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