Six Wireless Stores Smash ‘n’ Grabbed Overnight

Burglars smashed the front glass of at least six MetroPCS stores on the North Side early Friday and made off with an undetermined number of wireless devices and accessories.

The hour-long spree hit stores in Lakeview, Uptown, and West Ridge, police said. Stores not affiliated with MetroPCS were apparently spared, according to early reports.

A witness saw the offenders kicking in the front door and then looting the MetroPCS location at 2811 North Broadway around 4:55 a.m. They described seeing three black males “ransacking” the shop before fleeing northbound in a light colored vehicle.

The five other known burglaries occurred at:

• 6248 North Western around 4:30 a.m.
• 1964 West Peterson around 4:25 a.m.
• 3961 North Ashland at 4:38 a.m.
• 4425 North Broadway sometime before 5:07 a.m.
• 4879 North Broadway sometime before 5:50 a.m.

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