Last updated: June 02. 2014 5:15PM - 6649 Views
By Linda N. Weller lweller@civitasmedia.com



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ALTON — Burglars got inside four vehicles over the weekend in Alton, with the owners of all — or nearly all — of themhaving left the cars and truck unlocked.


In one case, the intruders rummaged through the contents of a pickup truck between May 31 and June 2, but its 71-year-old owner told police nothing appeared to be missing. The Chevrolet Silverado was parked in the lot behind Humboldt Apartments, 1028 E. Sixth St.


An Alton police report says the building’s surveillance cameras showed a white man and woman appearing to be trying door handles of cars and trucks on the lot at 11:02 p.m. May 31. The couple, in their late 20s or early 30s, fled on foot to the east. The report says the man wore a striped short-sleeved shirt, light-colored pants; the woman was wearing dark-colored shorts, a light-colored shirt and backpack.


In the second reported burglary, the female victim told Alton police that someone had entered her 2010 Toyota Corolla that was parked in the 400 block of Augusta Street between 6 p.m. May 31 and 12:30 p.m. June 1. Missing was a pink wallet containing the woman’s driver’s license, debit and health insurance cards; and her blue iPod and power cord worth $120, according to an Alton police report.


The report says the woman may have left the vehicle unlocked.


In the third reported burglary, a woman left her Mercury Sable unlocked while parked in a driveway in the 1200 block of W. Ninth Street, losing a large bag of hair stylist equipment, cash and prescription medications. An Alton police report says the oversized, beige bag with red handles was worth $65 and contained the following tools, with their values in parentheses: clippers and trimmers ($65), scissors ($260), thinning shears ($180) and a razor ($65).


There also was $100 in tips inside the bag, the report says.


The report says neighborhood children contacted the victim to tell her they found paperwork from her car and most of her medication in nearby Olin Park, at State Street and Grand Avenue, but not the tools or cash.


The final burglary report made available to a reporter Monday says someone got inside a woman’s 2007 Chevrolet HHR early June 2 that was parked at a friend’s house in the first block of E. 13th Street . The woman left the house shortly after 3 a.m. to discover the car, which she believed she had locked, was unlocked but with no sign of forced entry, an Alton police report says. The woman told police she had keys to the car with her in the house.


The victim also told police she had left her purse in the car, which was emptied and its contents strewn about in the passenger area, then stolen. The burglar also took the woman’s debit/credit card, the police report says.


Linda N. Weller may be reached at 618-208-6450 or on Twitter @Linda_Weller.

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