Evanston Police say they plan to increase patrols in the southeast end of the city after nearly a dozen residential burglaries were reported in the area over the past two weeks.

The reports include three burglaries in a building at 823 Dobson St. and another a block away at 960 Dobson. Other thefts were reported from buildings in the 800 block of Brummel St., the 600 block of Mulford St. the 100 block of Clyde Ave. and the 200 block of Custer Ave.

Bicycles, DVD players and jewelry were among the objects victims reported the thieves had taken.

The incidents reportedly happened at various times of the day and night and only one victim was able to provide police with a description of the burglars.

That person reported seeing two burglars — including a short, heavy-set woman — attempt to gain entry to a gated area at the building.

Most of the burglaries involved the use of a pry tool to force open a door to the victim’s apartment.

Police are asking residents to call the department immediately at 847-866-5000 to report suspicious persons or activities in the area.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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