Smash & Grab Burglary Team Hits North Side Hard Thursday

A smash-and-grab burglary crew that has been targeting North Side businesses during overnight hours is still hard at work.

At least four more businesses fell victim to similar crimes on Thursday, and some of the break-ins are believed to be connected to the smash-and-grab team.

The latest victims:

• Lincoln Park Gas at 2670 North Lincoln, around 12:40 a.m. Thursday
• Divine Nails & Spa, 1702 West Belmont, early Thursday
• Sleep City, 706 West Diversey, 10:30 p.m. Thursday
• The Sprint Store, 3954 North Lincoln, early Thursday (but the offenders were only able to break through the first pane of glass)

Cops issued an alert about the break-in team on Monday after burglaries were reported at an Uptown convenience store; a Lincoln Park liquor store; and a dry cleaner in the 2600 block of North Clybourn.

The offenders were described in the police alert as three black men between 25- and 30-years-old. They are all between 5’10” and 6-feet tall and weigh between 185- and 200 -pounds.

They may be driving a dark gray Dodge Magnum with a broken passenger side window. The remaining windows may be tinted.

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