Sycamore storage units, DeKalb homes burglarized

Published: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 5:30 a.m.CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 9:45 a.m.CDT

Area police are seeking information about a string of unrelated burglaries, including 16 storage units that were broken into last weekend.

The locks were cut or tampered with between 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday at Sycamore Self Storage, 1420 DeKalb Ave., behind Woodgate Shell, said Sycamore police Sgt. Rod Swartzendruber.

“It wasn’t one particular thing they were looking for,” Swartzendruber said. “They took one or two things from some units and didn’t take anything from others. It was a variety of stuff stolen.”

Stolen items included a couple of electric scooters, a pedal car, clothing, alcohol and a projector.

Swartzendruber said the owner of Sycamore Self Storage was plowing snow when he noticed that several locks had been cut and notified police. Swartzendruber said no vehicle description is available, but he’s hoping someone driving past overnight saw something suspicious.

Anyone with information about the Sycamore burglaries is urged to contact Crime Stoppers or the Sycamore Police Department at 815-895-3435.

In DeKalb, burglaries were reported in December on Spiros Court, and on Dec. 31 on Fotis Drive and in the 2600 block of North First Street. Police report that suspects forced entry into the homes and stole electronic devices.

DeKalb police Lt. Bob Redel said it would appear the Dec. 31 burglaries were conducted by the same suspects, but police are not sure. He said the residents on Spiros were gone for a long period, so they were unsure when the burglary occurred.

Redel said the two suspects are described as men wearing dark clothing. He said a white Mercedes Benz was seen leaving the area of the North First Street burglary.

Anyone with information about the DeKalb burglaries is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or the DeKalb Police Department nonemergency number at 815-748-8400.

Crime Stoppers

Anyone with information about these crimes, items taken or those involved is urged to call DeKalb County Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or email crimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org. Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 and callers can remain anonymous.

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