Alton Police are investigating at least a half dozen vehicle burglaries from this past week. Victims reported items stolen and damage to vehicles outside Fast Eddie’s Bon-Air, Club Fitness and at Nautilus Fitness Center between February 16 and 20. A similar break in also took place outside the Chinese Buffet during the last week. In several cases, the victims admitted leaving either the doors unlocked or leaving valuables in plain sight.
Police report in some of the burglaries, the suspects used a sharp object as a lock punch to gain entry to the vehicle. In at least two cases, windows on the vehicle were smashed. Most of the break-ins took place during the evening hours, and there were apparently no witnesses, although police are studying surveillance video in an attempt to identify a suspect. Police remind residents to lock their vehicle doors, and remove valuables from the interior where they can be easily seen from the outside. Most criminals in these types of cases are looking for easy targets, and police say the suspects do not appear to be looking for any specific items to steal. Items stolen in the recent cases included a wallet, a purse, an iPod, e-readers, and cash.