Cops mark East Village apartment burglaries

With seven burglaries in East Village in a month, police are calling attention to a series of apartment burglaries.

A Feb. 22 community alert noted a series of back-door and window break-ins in the two beats bound by Division, Ashland, Chicago and Rockwell. Residents are advised to "Be aware of suspicious persons ringing door bells, and persons hanging around alleys."

Area 4 detectives noted four cases, but we found three burglaries on the 800 block of North Winchester Avenue alone, plus reports on the 1000 block of North Winchester, 1600 block of West Augusta and 1800 blocks of Division and Haddon.

Four days earlier, the 13th District issued an alert on car thefts of items such as computers and purses. The auto thefts stretch from Ohio Street south to Lake, from Desplaines to Paulina. "If you see someone tampering with a vehicle, call 911 and inform the call taker that you are reporting an auto theft in progress and provide a complete, concise description," the alert says.

District Cmdr. Frank Gross will speak at the March 5 East Village Association meeting, starting at 7 pm at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott.

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