Sheriff Rick VanBrooker is warning residents in southeast McDonough County Tuesday morning of several recent burglaries.
VanBrooker says there has been four burglaries since Dec. 15, two in Industry and two in Adair, and he believes they are connected. The most recent burglary occurred Jan. 13 in Adair.
WGEM caught up with one of the homeowners who was burglarized and says she was shocked to hear of such a crimes in her small town.
"I feel violated that somebody came into my house, broke into my house, kicked in my front door, and came into the house and went through my drawers, touched my things," said Marcia Teel.
Marcia Teel now has to wedge the front door of her home in Adair shut with a stack of kitchen stools, after a burglar kicked in her front door Sunday night, leaving the lock lying on the floor.
"I just kind of walked through the house and when I got to the back room, the door to the basement was open and that is not something that I do," said Teel.
Teel says the thief left other clues too-- like footprints outside of her house, before ransacking her home Searching for her valuables.
McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker says he believes the suspect who targeted Teel's home and her neighbors home in Adair, was looking for something in particular.
"They are interested in money and jewelry, and they are leaving a lot of other items that are valuable, but that seems to be what they are after," said Sheriff VanBrooker.
Meanwhile in Industry-- two more breaks ins. One on January 6th, the other on December 15th.
The Sheriff says the burglar also kicked in doors and was looking for cash and jewelry.
Police say all four break ins occurred late in the evening and when no one was home.
"Leave the light on, make sure that if there's a snow and you're going to be gone for any period, that that snow is taken care of otherwise they're going to know that nobody is there," said Sheriff VanBrooker.
If anyone has information or notices anything suspicious, they are encouraged to call the McDonough County Sheriff's Office at 309-833-2323.
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