The North Peoria neighborhood of Sommer Place has seen a steady increase in car break-ins and attempted theft since the summer. Residents there say they have been experiencing petty theft for months. Early Monday morning, residents say at least two vehicles were stolen. One of which, a black Mercedes C-Class, was taken right out of a locked garage. Security footage posted to the neighborhood Facebook page, which is private, shows several people jump out of a car and run through the neighborhood. They are seen trying to open car doors and going through vehicles.
One resident, who asked to go only by Courtney, says safety is her main concern. “What if a family member catches them in the act? We don’t know if they are armed or what could happen,” explained Courtney. Her car was stolen, and her son’s car was broken into as well. She said her car was in the garage, with the keys inside when it was taken. Additionally, she said her sons keys were taken after the thieves locked his car, presumably wanting to come back for it at a later date.
Car break-ins have become such a problem at Sommer Place, residents we spoke with say the neighborhood installed security cameras at the gate. Unfortunately those cameras shorted out and we unable to record the questionable vehicle’s license plate information.
Timestamps on security footage from a number of residents place the questionable car and individuals in the neighborhood from at least 2-5:30 am. It is unclear how many cars were broken into during the night. Peoria police are investigating the incidents and have not yet confirmed how many cars were stolen or how many thefts took place.