Three break-ins over the past week in the Kimball Township area motivated St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon to encourage residents to lock their doors and windows. In each of the three incidents, a suspect entered through an unlocked door or window. The first incident happened last Wednesday when a homeowner in the 7000 block of Sparling Road called to report that she woke up in the morning and discovered her purse had been stolen out of her kitchen. She told deputies that she had left her back door open.
The second intrusion took place in the early morning hours of Saturday. A homeowner in the 1500 block of Leland Road startled an intruder, who ran from the house with the woman’s purse. She also had an unlocked door. Finally, on Tuesday morning, a man living in a home in the 5000 block of Ravenswood woke up to discover a ripped window screen. His girlfriend came out and found that her purse had been stolen. The suspect had come in through the kitchen window. Donnellon said his office is advising all residents to ensure that they lock all windows and doors when leaving the residence, or before going to bed. The sheriff also said that they are asking anyone who sees any type of suspicious activity around their house or neighbor’s house to call 911 immediately. Citizens can also call the St. Clair County Sheriff’s office with information about the crimes at 810-985-8115