URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Two teens were arrested in connection to recent burglaries in the area.
Police are calling one an “unusual case.” A 17-year old is accused of breaking into two homes and stealing two cars last month. 19-year old Jerome Ulmer was arrested on an outstanding burglary warrant.
Police say it may take more than just the basics of keeping yourself safe. Usually, when you hear about burglaries, you think of breaking into a home or a car; not usually both.
“During the course of the residential burglary, the offender is actually taking car keys and stealing a car to drive themselves away and maybe some property as well.”
Lieutenant Richard Surles says this is unusual. Police arrested two suspects in relation to the burglaries; one is suspected of stealing a car from one home, driving it to another, breaking into the second home and stealing a car from the second residence.
Of course, every case is different, but the easiest way to keep yourself safe is to take your keys and lock your door. Police say, take it a step further and hide your keys.
“Just make them so they’re not so obvious to steal and, of course, there’s the normal things that we always recommend people do, make sure they talk to their neighbors, be aware of who is in the neighborhood.”
“Check and recheck the doors.”
That’s the drill for Maggie Jarvis because she lives on the street where one home was hit. Plus, she can related.
“Our house actually got broken into a long time ago, so that’s definitely heightened our awareness of just keeping everything locked up.”
Awareness is key to protecting yourself. Whether is a furry friend acting as an alarm system, looking out for your neighbors or just keeping a close eye when things don’t seem right.
“We had a call of someone going door-to-door offering lawn services. It’s February. Who offers lawn services in February?”
If you have any doubt or even slightly question a situation, you should call police. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. Tipsters are always 100% completely anonymous.
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