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Vehicle burglaries to be discussed at town hall meeting

The village of New Lenox will hold a town hall meeting next week to address recent vehicle burglaries and thefts. The town hall meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Village Council Chambers, according to posts on social media from the village and Mayor Tim Baldermann.

“We are experiencing the same issues as all the other communities, but we still feel a need to address our residents to provide the facts and answer any concerns,” Baldermann said in a post.

Baldermann added that the New Lenox police will be at the town hall meeting, according to the post on the village’s Facebook page. They will be able to answer questions about how many incidents have occurred, where they have occurred, and how the police are responding to them.

New Lenox Deputy Police Chief Louis Alessandrini said the village has seen a number of recent instances in which burglars have targeted vehicles parked in driveways. If a car is unlocked, they steal valuables or even the car itself. In some instances, they have been able to use garage door openers inside the vehicles to gain access to garages. He added that residents have grown concerned and that the mayor had the idea to host the town hall to address those concerns.

“We’re committed to trying to put an end to these rash of incidents,” Alessandrini said.

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