Barrington residents spot larceny suspects


Two residents living in opposite ends of Barrington called police after seeing men trying to break into their vehicles last week.

At about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 17, a North Lake Drive resident phoned police after she spotted a man lurking around her truck while it was parked in the driveway.

The woman told police she turned on the home’s exterior lights and the man ran away. She said he headed toward Echo Lake. Police officers scoured the area but could not locate the suspect.

Early Monday morning, July 21, police received a 911 call from a Joyce Street resident who said he spotted a man trying to get into his vehicle. The resident told police the suspect was wearing a white shirt and shorts and was average height. He said he stumbled while fleeing from the area.

Again police responded to the scene but could not find the suspect.

On Sunday morning, July 20, a Walnut Road resident stopped into the station to report a larceny from his truck. The resident said someone had entered his unlocked vehicle and stolen a backpack containing work papers and a Leatherman utility tool.

The new reports come on the heels of a series of larceny incidents, including a number of cases where people’s cars have been entered during overnight hours.

Anyone with information about recent larcenies is asked to call police at 437-3930.


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