Crystal Lake Car Break-ins Include Arson

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department about cars being set on fire in the subdivision just north of Hannah Beardsley Middle School:

Fire Investigations: Primrose Lane and Talcott Drive

Primrose and Talcott are located north of Hannah Beardsley Middle School and the EV Free Church.

On Monday, August 6th, 2012 at approximately 5:00am Crystal Lake Police and Fire responded to a report of a car fire in the 0-100 block of Talcott Drive.

Upon arrival, officers observed a Chevrolet SUV, parked in the driveway immediately adjacent to the single-family home, fully engulfed in flames.

A boat parked next to the SUV also was on fire.

Officers immediately evacuated the residents.

Crystal Lake Fire personnel extinguished the fire.

The SUV and boat were destroyed by the fire.

The home and a Chevrolet truck parked nearby sustained some damage due to the heat of the fire.

While on the scene of the Talcott Drive fire, officers were alerted to another event in the nearby 600 block of Primrose Lane.

The Primrose Lane resident reported unknown offender(s) had entered his Jeep and attempted to set it on fire.

The fire did not spread and little damage was sustained.

Another vehicle, a Toyota, parked in the same driveway had been unlawfully entered.

During the initial police investigation, officers were approached by another resident of the 0-100 block of Talcott Drive.

The resident reported someone had set her vehicle, a Buick, on fire, which resulted in some moderate damage.

No injuries were sustained as a result of any of the fires.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information relating to this investigation is asked to contact the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815 356-3620 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 762-STOP (7867) for those who wish to remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers does pay cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of any individual.

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