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Police Investigate Car Burglaries at Plainfield YMCA

Police are asking for tips from anyone who may have seen anything unusual outside the facility Monday morning.

Several vehicles were burglarized outside the Plainfield YMCA on Monday. Credit: File photo
Several vehicles were burglarized outside the Plainfield YMCA on Monday. Credit: File photo
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.
John Tips January 29, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Sounds like the YMCA should install a couple of roof cameras like Walmart has! Signs that warn potential theives as "WARNING Video Surveillance" may also curb this threat!
Think About It January 29, 2014 at 01:15 PM
The YMCA should have the same type of security set in place that schools have.
Joki2 January 29, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Hire some security!!!!!
Kaitlin Fallon January 30, 2014 at 12:39 AM
I am not surprise, the crime rate in this area is going up. Way too much for my liking.
brian January 30, 2014 at 11:56 AM
This will not be here long....make sure citizens of Plainfield to ONLY post positive reviews/opinions of the Plainfield police dept. All others will be censored! Community paper.... So sad.

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