Police seek information about Oregon VFW break-in

OREGON — A “large amount of cash” was stolen last week from the Oregon Veterans of Foreign Wars during an early morning break-in.

At around 6:15 a.m. on Aug. 25, two subjects forcefully entered the Oregon VFW Post 8739 and Bar & Eatery at 1310 West Washington St., damaged the video game machines from which they stole the cash, Oregon Police Chief Shawn Melville said.

Security footage revealed the burglars wore all black and masks and had crowbars. They drove a small black vehicle and parked it on West Oregon Trail Road while committing the break-in, Melville said.

Oregon police are investigating the possibility that this incident might be related to other break-ins that have occurred over the last several months across the region, Melville said. The subjects seem to target places with gaming machines, he said.

“We’re investigating the possibility that it’s tied to those,” Melville said. “We’re working with detectives from all over northern Illinois.”

He said there are possible suspects, but declined to comment further on that matter.

Police are asking anyone who has any information — particularly those who might have seen something near the VFW or West Oregon Trail Road between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 25 — to please contact the Oregon Police Department at: 815-732-2162 and ask to speak with Detective Josh Lee.