City Police Continues Investigations Into Series of Burglaries


Published on June 12 2014 12:31 pm
Last Updated on June 12 2014 12:31 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Effingham Police Department is investigating several incidents of residential burglary that have occurred over the past week.

Several of the burglaries have occurred during daytime hours. Entry was gained by prying open locked doors or windows; however, in some cases, entry was made without force through unlocked doors.

Police believe that suspects will knock on the door of residences and, when no one answers, will make entry. If someone is home, the suspect will ask for directions or make another excuse as to why they're there.

Items taken in the burglaries have included big screen TVs, computers and gaming systems. In one of the burglaries, the suspect was observed to be partially crawling through a bedroom window and then immediately fled upon discovering people at home.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 20's.

Meanwhile, the Effingham County Sheriff's Department is investigating a residential burglary off the Teutopolis/Elliotstown Road where a large screen TV was stolen.

City Police Chief Mike Schutzbach is reminding residents to be aware of any unusual activities in their neighborhood and to phone the Effingham Police Department immediately if anything out of the ordinary is observed.

If anyone has any information regarding these occurrences, phone the Effingham Police Department at 217-347-0774 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 217-347-6583.