Arlington Heights sees spike in car break-ins

squad-car-lightsArlington Heights officials are warning residents to take precautions after the area saw a spike in car break in’s this month.

Police said at least 15 car burglaries have been reported so far in the month of August. Items stolen included GPS systems, wallets, iPods and other electronics, clothing and cash. Most of the burglaries took place overnight to cars parked in residential driveways, apartment parking lots or at Metra stations.

The most recent burglary took place at 2 p.m. Tuesday when a thief used a baseball-sized rock to break the passenger’s-side window on a gray 2012 Honda Accord parked in the downtown Metra parking lot. The thief stole a Vera Bradley coin purse, an iPod touch and some CD’s from the car.

Police said at least seven of the incident’s involved cars that were unlocked, while the others had to break a window to get into the car.

Police arrested Corey T. Jordan, 17, on August 22 in connection with six of the car break in’s that involved a broken window. A video of one the burglaries led police to Jordan.

Jordan, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla, is charged with burglary. He posted bail and will next appear in court Sept. 16.

Police aren’t sure if any of the other break-ins are related.

They warned residents not to leave valuables such as a GPS, laptop, iPod, purse or briefcase in plain view on the car seat, dashboard or floor.

Police also suggest using a garage if available or parking in a well-lit area, and always close windows and lock all car doors.

WGN News Writer Judith Ruiz-Branch contributed to this story.

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