A brazen early-morning burglary and home invasion in unincorporated DuPage County has some neighbors wondering if there's any connection to crimes in nearby Indian Head Park.
"Some of the neighbors had that thought that maybe the increased crime activity might be spreading over," said neighbor Dave Rancic.
At about 3 a.m. Wednesday, a masked man kicked in the back door of a home near Hampshire Lane West and 91st Street in unincorporated DuPage County. The homeowner was "subdued" with pepper spray, the sheriff's department said.
The incident took place five miles from where 14-year-old Lyons Township freshman Kelli O'Laughlin was killed last Thursday. Officials said they believe she was stabbed after walking in on a burglary in her home on the 6300 Block of Keokuk Road.
At the nearby Burr Ridge Police Department, which lies almost equidistant between the murder scene and the overnight home invasion, flyers showing the composite sketch released in the Indian Head Park investigation are on display.
Burr Ridge Police Deputy Chief Tim Vaclav said it is almost a certainty that investigators on the task force looking into the Indian Head Park incident will look into any similarities with the Wednesday case.
"It's always something that investigators will take a look at, especially when it happens in an area close by," said Vaclav.
DuPage County investigators, however, won't confirm that.
Anyone with information in Wednesday's home invasion should call 630-407-2323.
|Police released this sketch of a man with whom they'd like to speak.|