CHICAGO — Four men burst into a West Rogers Park home early Thursday morning, at least the third home invasion reported in the area in the past two weeks.
Police said they were currently investigating Thursday's home invasion as an "independent incident" and have not yet positively connected it to the two earlier home invasions.
About 4:10 a.m. Thursday, four men forced their way into the rear door of a home in the 6600 block of North California Avenue in the West Rogers Park neighborhood, said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago Police spokesman.
A 28-year-old woman was in the home at the time. The men briefly rummaged through her belongings before fleeing the home, police said. No injuries were reported, and nothing was taken.
The four men appeared to be unarmed, unlike two earlier incidents in the area, police said.
About 1 p.m. Monday, a home invasion was reported in the 6300 block of North Lowell Avenue in Sauganash, and another home invasion was reported about 9:50 p.m. June 7 in the 5800 block of North Jersey Avenue, according to a police alert.
In both those incidents, two or three men armed with a handgun forced their way into a home and searched the home. One of the men fired a gun during one of the incidents, and in the other, the men pretended to be police looking for someone, police said.
Police described the men as black, about 5-foot-7, weighing 150 pounds and wearing a mask or hooded sweatshirt.
Although the home invasions happened in three different neighborhoods, all three homes are within about three miles of each other.
Detectives are investigating the most recent home invasion and determining whether it is related to the earlier incidents.
Anyone with information can contact police at 312-744-8263.
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