More car burglaries seen throughout Central Illinois

Police urge residents to lock up their homes and vehicles as car burglars are on the prowl,...
Police urge residents to lock up their homes and vehicles as car burglars are on the prowl, breaking into multiple cars at a time throughout Central Illinois.(WEEK/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 9:58 PM CST
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CENTRAL ILLINOIS (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Residents in Dunlap thought colder temperatures meant less crime. Yet, they found themselves to be victims of the latest string of car break-ins.

Jaimie Schulte said she was about to take her child to school on Jan. 5.

Schulte said when she got in her car, she said it was a mess.

“My center console had been emptied out,” Schulte said.

“Then I realized my wallet was gone. Then like the panic set in because I knew everything that was in my wallet is now gone,” she continued. “It was my driver’s license, my social security card, my debit cards, my COVID shot records, gift cards. There was probably over $100 worth of gift cards.

Schulte said her card was tracked back to a Target, where one of the car burglars used it to buy an XBOX.

Video from a neighbor’s ring bell camera captured two individuals rummaging through Schulte’s truck along with other neighbors’ cars at around 2:40 a.m. on Jan. 5.

Schulte said it’s been difficult going through the long process of reporting stolen items and trying to retrieve them.

“They took my money but they’re costing me money at the same time. It makes me even more mad,” Schulte said.

“It made me mad because I can see these people going through my car and I can’t do nothing about it,” she added.

Peoria Police arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with several vehicle burglaries in Woodford County over the weekend.

They carried out a search warrant Monday night on South Easton.

Police arrested several people inside, including the juvenile.

Police say they found evidence linking the boy to the break-ins, including a gun.

He now faces several charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Woodford County Chief Deputy Dennis Tipsword said there’s one thing residents can do to avoid becoming a victim.

“By all means, always take your keys out of your car, lock your car doors, lock your house doors,” Tipsword said.

“Just make sure all of your items are secure. Don’t leave valuables in plain sight,” he added.

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