Sometime before 6:30 am on July 23, a burglar slipped into a Highland Park home while the owner was asleep inside. According to Highland Park Department of Public Safety spokesperson Sergeant Lance Koppa, an unknown number of suspects entered the home in the 3500 block of Crescent Avenue through an unlocked back door.
The burglar rummaged through drawers and cabinets in the main house, making off with about $3,000 worth of electronics in the form of two computers. The burglar also accessed a detached garage containing a Honda CRV, a Land Rover and a Mercedes sedan.
It appears the criminal didn't find anything to his liking inside the luxury automobiles. "The cars were rummaged through and no items were stolen," Koppa says.
When the owner awoke and realized his home had been burglarized, he called police. The suspect had already fled the scene of the crime.
Koppa believes this is an isolated incident, and no other homes were targeted. He has some simple advice for Park Cities homeowners to avoid being victims of similar crimes.
"Crime prevention begins with reducing the opportunity for a crime to take place," Koppa says. "Keep all doors to your home locked. Set your alarm system."