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Hinsdale police investigating two home burglaries from Tuesday night

Two burglaries Tuesday evening in Hinsdale may be related to an Indian Head Park burglary that same night.

Hinsdale police are investigating two incidents that occurred between 5:45 and 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The first incident occurred in the 300 block of Forest Road, when forced entry was made to a home through a rear patio door while nobody was home. Jewelry was taken from the master bedroom.

The second incident on the 200 block of North Washington Street activated an alarm as the burglars entered through a basement window, said Deputy Chief Mark Wodka. Still, the burglars had time to search several rooms in the house, take the jewelry and electronics, and leave before the police were notified and arrived at the scene. An Apple MacBook, an Ipad, and jewelry were taken from an office and master bedroom.

That same evening, a burglary was committed in Indian Head Park. The police responded to an activated burglar alarm at 5:52 p.m. Tuesday on the 100 block of Indian Wood Lane, which is just south of Plainfield Road.

When the officers arrived, they found a door on the west side of the home along the driveway had been forced open.

The officers searched the house, but no one was inside, but the master bedroom had been ransacked.

There were footprints from the home to Blackhawk Trail, suggesting the burglar or burglars may have been gotten into a vehicle there, Indian Head Park police officials said.

These burglaries also may be connected to three burglaries that occurred in Indian Head Park on Jan. 7 on the 6400 block of Indian Head Trail and on the 6400 block of Cherokee Drive. In those cases, the burglar forced open the service door of each home’s attached garage and then got in the homes from the garage.

The four burglaries in Indian Head Park were in the section east of Interstate 294, west of Wolf Road, south of Plainfield and north of Joliet Road.

The last time two homes in Hinsdale were burglarized the same day was on Oct. 24, Wodka said. The houses were in the northern section of the village, on Jefferson and on Oak, near Ogden Avenue.

Police officials urge residents to tell the police about anything unusual they have seen.

“A lot of people have an idea of what a burglar looks like,” Wodka said. But a burglar may look like a construction worker or a homeowner in the area.

Wodka especially wants residents to report if any strangers come to their door. Perhaps a person says he is selling something, or asks directions to an address. The stranger may really be a burglar checking to see if anyone is home, Wodka said.

The sooner the police are told about such incidents, the better, he said.

Residents in the area of any of the crimes who have security cameras are encouraged to contact the investigations division of the Hinsdale Police Department at (630) 789-7070, or call the Indian Head Park Police Department, at (708) 246-4534. Home surveillance videos have aided investigators in previous investigations and increase the likelihood of identifying and apprehending burglary suspects.

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