Loves Park Police Looking for Suspects Responsible for 9 Burglaries This Week

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

Police Tips

Police say you should shovel even if there's only a little bit of snow like we had earlier this week.

They are looking for tire tracks and footprints.

Also make sure you bring in your mail and don't leave your garbage cans in the street. That makes it look like you aren't home.

Keep a light on when you go to sleep and if you have a sliding glass door in your home. Put a piece of wood behind it.

Police are asking residents to be "vigilant" and report suspicious activity to the police.

They're also recommending that knowing your neighbors and paying attention to anything out of the ordinary will help them, solve the crimes.

If you have any information, police are asking you to call the Loves Park Dept. at 815-645-5015 or Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- The Loves Park Police Department is telling residents to be on the look out because of a recent increase in residential burglaries.

Resident Jan Paulsen said, "I'm very upset. Very, very upset because it's close to home."

It’s just across the street from her actually. Tuesday night, a couple was asleep in their beds in a condo at Preservation Point off Windsor Road in Loves Park when someone snuck into their home.

Loves Park Police Detective Sergeant Curt Wilson said, "When it gets close to you, it really, really affects you. These guys break into enough houses over enough time you're destined to break into some houses where people are going to be home and sleeping."

It's not typical--police say since Monday there have been about nine residential burglaries in Loves Park West of I-90. They occur at all times of the day and generally people aren't home.

Wilson said, "Generally it's not just one of those crimes where they drive down the street and think oh well this would be a good place to hit. They are looking for people who appear that they're not home."

Police say the burglars are casing newer homes in subdivisions.

Wilson said, “You can be pretty much assured that they've done their homework.

Police aren't giving out a lot of information because they want to catch the burglars. Loves Park is working with the Rockford Police and the Sheriff's Department; they have got everyone working this case. We were out for just a few hours today and there were officers everywhere.


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