Dozens of commuters’ cars broken into in Wrightwood

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CHICAGO – Dozens of train commuters in southwestern Wrightwood have had their cars broken into last week and on Monday.

Michelle Dotson got off the train Monday evening and discovered that her car was one of several that's been hit. She says it's the second time here that her car has been broken into.

“I park here on the end thinking that my car is safe. It's a lot of break-ins that happen in the middle of the parking lot. Today I come home and both sides of my car were hit,” she said.

“A passenger behind me said not again. So I'm wondering what is he talking about not again and I turned and looked in the park lot and I see about 15 cars with their windows shattered - the driver’s seat, the passenger seat, all within a consecutive row,” said Edlynzia Barnes, another commuter.

Metra riders told WGN that someone also broke into a bunch of cars last Thursday.

“I'm just really curious and wondering how is this happening. If this happened last week, why isn't someone surveillancing and stuff like that?” asked Barnes, frustrated.

Last August, Metra alerted riders about break-ins and vandalism. But people say if Metra has stepped up security, they haven't noticed.

“They broke into my car last right before Christmas. They busted my window on the passenger side and they just ransacked it. // It's a real inconvenience and I wish they would set up some kind of security or something,” said commuter Dirk McDaniels.


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