Jewelry Stolen or Targeted in Four Wilmette Incidents
Diamond rings, gold chains and wedding bands were reported stolen.
Jewelry was stolen or targeted in four Wilmette home burglaries and thefts during mid November, one in which nearly $4,000 worth of precious metals and jewels was taken, police reported.
The incidents all occurred between Nov. 13 and Nov. 16, most during daylight hours.
However, Wilmette police said it is unlikely that the incidents are connected.
“At this time, there is nothing that links them,” said Wilmette Police Commander Patrick Collins.
Collins said one incident, in which nearly $4,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from a home located in the 1100 block of Seneca Road sometime between 6 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, may not have been a burglary. Instead, the homeowners reported that the jewelry may have been stolen by a housekeeper.
Additionally, Collins said the two Nov. 16 home burglaries were likely unrelated.
“Most times, if burglars do a burglary, they’re not going to hang around for another four hours to do another one,” Collins said. “Especially, since during the morning one they were able to take a bunch of jewelry.”
In the first Nov. 16 burglary, which occurred at a residence located in the 1100 block of Elmwood Avenue sometime between 8:40 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., a victim told police that a pearl necklace, a gold necklace, diamond earrings, onyx earrings, a gold wedding band, a silver ring inset with diamonds and more were stolen.
Later that afternoon, an unknown offender broke into a residence located in the 2200 block of Birchwood Avenue sometime between noon and 3:15 p.m., rummaging through drawers, jewelry boxes and bags, though the homeowners reported nothing missing.
Unknown females were reported leaving both scenes.
In a fourth incident, a copper necklace was reported stolen from a package left outside a home in the 200 block of 9th Street sometime on Nov. 16.
“Detectives are looking into and talking to the other agencies to see if they have had other similar burglaries,” Collins said, “to determine if there is a pattern.”