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 Davis January 28, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Oh no!!! Not in perfect Plainfield! Lock your doors! Nothing like that would ever happen in Plainfield... It was probably a hoodlum Joliet.
Yes January 28, 2014 at 10:35 AM
This does not surprise me at all. My family and I have been members here since it opened. The other day while I was in the locker room, there were some young girls trying to go through lockers to see if they could steal anything! I've noticed lately there seems to be a lot of children just wondering around with no supervision at all. Isn't that why they offer the kids corner and other supervised areas..... Come on parents!
T Loeper January 28, 2014 at 02:18 PM
Once again, people think they live in Mayberry, leaving their purses in plain sight. At least if your going to do that, leave the car unlocked, so they won't break your window to gain access.
TB Plfd January 28, 2014 at 08:10 PM
wow did realize that was happening two blocks away from my house. I remember the good old plainfield days back in the 90'swhen people would leave there cars in driveway with keys in it and house doors were never locked.
Mayhem January 29, 2014 at 07:32 AM
People should be smarter than to leave purses in plain sight to begin with. Not to bright. Do the locker rooms not have lockers that lock?
Michael G. D'Aversa January 29, 2014 at 08:45 AM
The lockers do lock, Mayhem, but mine was broken into anyway, several years ago. YMCA offered use of their phone to call police, but would not call themselves, organization policy. Police had video from the Y and from Joliet stores where my credit cards were used. Nobody was ever caught. I pulled our family membership at the Y, will neither go there nor recommend to anybody else.
Mayhem January 29, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Michael - That's crazy. What a mess. Just curious... do they lock with a lock that you provide or are they like ones at the airport?
Michael G. D'Aversa January 29, 2014 at 09:16 AM
It was the kind where provide your own lock. The Master Lock I had used that day was never found, presumably cut/snapped off. I am told the cutters are a lot more compact these days than they once were. The felons were very fast and efficient, definitely not some unsupervised kids in this case. It's a shame, because I really liked the facility, but just didn't feel safe there any more.
Mayhem January 29, 2014 at 09:33 AM
Michael - I can understand your apprehension. It's a shame that society has come to this. At least you tried to protect your belongings, its another story when people leave their belongings out in the open. I'm not saying that it gives scumbags the right to break into someones vehicle, but it is dangling a carrot.
pdl January 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM
I went to get in my car last week and some jack wad left his wallet on the dash in plain view. He was asking for trouble doing it. The Y also has cameras on that lot as ive seen thrm reviewed for an accident in the lot....they must be using the cameras for show now versus actual safety and deterrent. Its sad that this is happening and I would suspect they are y members. No reason to be hanging out there on a Monday morning w schools cancelled unless your a member. Provided the front desk wasn't being manned by the guys too worried about talking to cute women to properly check members in... they should have a log of everyone there. I hope they are caught and dealt with accordingly.
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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