LOVES PARK - "Patrol officers did an outstanding job over the last month of patrolling and responding to any of these calls where burglaries had occurred," said Loves Park Police Deputy Chief Shane Lynch, commending his officers.
The Department managed to arrest 13 suspects in connection to a rash of home and car burglaries, as well as auto theft. Three of suspects were between 18 and 19 years old and were charged with residential burglary. Also, 33 year-old Jonathan Rheinschmidt was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. Officers also arrested nine juveniles.
"To have this many arrests in a month for burglary, yes I would say that's unusual," Lynch said. Police noticed a rise in burglaries in late July. So, they added more officers to the streets. Lynch said the move made communication better between officers working different shifts and gave investigators a chance to close on a case.
"Once the detectives started to look into it as well, they were able to piece some of these together and make the arrests on them," he added. "It makes me feel more safe as a home owner and not afraid to sleep at night, and to be more secure when I go to work," said Loves Park Resident Heidi Willson.
Willson has lived in Loves Park for 15 years, and lives just a block over from Clifford and East Drive where some of the burglars struck. Willson said she had a close call herself Tuesday morning. "Actually my garage door went down like somebody was inside of it hitting the button quickly as I was going to walk my dog," she said.
"At that point I actually went back into my house and ran with my dog to get my husband to check the garage, and they probably snuck out at that point," she added. It's incidents such as those that Lynch says makes it important to call police.
"If you see something that doesn't look right or people in your neighborhood who you know have never been there, by all means call the police and we'll let patrol officers come out and investigate," Lynch said.
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