A brazen prowler felt so comfortable during his burglary of a Boystown hair salon early Monday morning, he actually took the time and effort to tear down a wall so he could burglarize the restaurant next door, too.
In addition to the double-burglary, at least three other local businesses fell victim to thieves on Monday.
Police say that the burglar entered Changez salon at 3347 N Broadway sometime early Monday and then proceeded to tear through drywall to enter Esencia Urban Kitchen, 3351 N Broadway, too.
Items were taken from both businesses.
Police believe the tag team crime took place around 3 o’clock in the morning. That’s because a burglar alarm at the nearby YoFresh yogurt stand, 2935 N Broadway, was activated at 3:17AM. The intruders made off with that store’s cash register.
Also targeted early Monday was Pompei restaurant at 2955 N Sheffield and a mom-and-pop grocery store in the 2400 block of Lincoln.
Over the past four months, nearly two dozen local businesses have been burglarized in overnight sprees. Restaurants and hair salons have been particularly hard hit.
In late July, local Alderman Tom Tunney told ABC7:
“I’ve been in communication with police department [sic]. They do not feel there is a rash or something particularly different about the past 10 days but we’re on top of it.”
Thank God he’s on top of it.