Plainfield police are investigating several vehicle burglaries reported Monday in the parking lot at the C.W. Avery Family YMCA. Despite the freezing temperatures, someone struck six vehicles parked outside the facility, breaking windows to gain access, police said.
Sgt. Mike Fisher said police responded shortly after 10 a.m. to the report of numerous vehicle burglaries outside the YMCA, 15120 Wallin Dr. He said in most cases, purses that were left in plain view inside the vehicles were stolen.
While no one reported seeing anything suspicious prior to the incidents, Fisher said police are working to identify a vehicle that may have been involved in the burglaries.
"We do have leads that we're following up on," he said.
Fisher said residents and visitors to Plainfield they can take steps to prevent themselves from becoming targets, including making sure valuables like wallets, purses and electronics are not in plain sight.
"If nothing else, put it in your trunk," he said. "It's a lot harder to break into the trunk than it is to just break a window."
He also urged residents not to hesitate anything that looks out of the ordinary.
"It's one of those crimes that doesn't take long," Fisher said. "If something looks suspicious, call us."
Anyone with information on the suspects or vehicle used on Monday's vehicle burglaries is asked to call Det. Chris Allen of the Plainfield Police Department investigations division at 815-267-7215.