Suspicious Man Tries Door Handles of Home
on Grove Street
Man appears to be the same person who has done this before
At about 7:50 p.m. on Sunday March 21, a resident of a home in the 5400 block of Grove Street was startled to see a man standing on the patio behind her home. The resident smartly made sure her back door was locked and then spoke to the man without opening the door while a family member called the police.
The suspicious man, a middle-aged Black male wearing a black jacket and pants, a COVID mask and a black cap, told the resident that he was looking for a church that helped homeless people. When the resident told the man that her home wasn’t a church, he apologized and quickly left on foot. Village Officer Hearn arrived in two minutes and began searching for the man throughout the area but was unable to locate him.
When the resident later reviewed her security camera recordings, she saw that the man had walked onto the front porch, unsuccessfully tried to open the locked front door, and then wiped the door handle down with what appeared to be a napkin or a tissue in an apparent effort to remove any fingerprints.
When police reviewed the video, the man appeared to be the same person who had burglarized a home on Montgomery Street on February 15, and attempted to enter another home on Grove Street on February 27.
View the video of the Montgomery Street suspect at the below link (the man first appears at 19 seconds into the video):
Village Police are actively looking for this man. Village residents are asked to contact the Village Police Department if they see someone who resembles the suspect. Village officers will respond and investigate.