Barrington man's car won't start, battery stolen

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Barrington police were busy this week investigating a rash of larcenies, including the apparent theft of a car battery.

The first reports filtered in on Monday, Aug. 18. At about 6:20 a.m. a Rogers Avenue resident called police after someone stole the battery from his car. The man told officers that he was going to leave in his car that morning when the vehicle refused to start. He later popped the hood and found that someone had stolen the battery. The man told police he had left the car unlocked the prior night.

Also on Aug. 18, a Haines Park Road resident told police that someone stole two dirt bikes out of a storage shed on his property. He said one of the bikes was worth $500 and the other was worth $2,000.

On Wednesday, Aug. 20, police were on Anthony Road and Roberta Drive investigating incidents. An Anthony Road resident said someone entered his car and stole two tape cassettes and a GPS unit, while the Roberta Drive resident said it appeared someone removed a window screen at her home.

At about 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 20, police responded to a security alarm sounding at a County Road home; it appeared someone had tried to access the home through a rear door when the alarm was triggered.

On Thursday, Aug. 21, a Broadview Drive home reported a larceny from a motor vehicle; a GPS unit and $5 in loose change was reportedly stolen from the unlocked car.

A day later a Barrington resident called police after he son’s cell phone was stolen from his car while the vehicle was parked in the Barrington Shopping Center.

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