First reported 4/6/2010 1:17 p.m.

“Clusters of burglaries,” mostly occurring overnight in River Forest, have caught the attention of police, said Greg Weiss, the department’s interim chief, and officers are encouraging residents to take extra precautions to secure their property.

For the most part, opportunity appears to be the biggest motivator for whomever is committing these crimes, said Weiss, and unlocked cars and garages have been primary targets.

On March 29, for example, a handful of vehicles parked on the 700 block of Franklin were ransacked between midnight and 4 a.m., and none of the vehicles were locked. The owners of the cars reported that $300 in cash, a Tiffany necklace and a checkbook were among the missing items.

On the same block, a garage was entered and the two cars inside were picked over for $18 in change.

Police have a strong lead in the case, said Weiss, but it may be awhile before an arrest can be made. Lab results on a key piece of evidence, fingerprints, can be slow in coming.

“We got some good fingerprints off a couple of them,” Weiss said.

-Josh Adams

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