Overnight Burglaries Hitting North Side Shops, Cops Say

Burglars have once again been targeting area businesses during overnight hours, according to a new community alert issued by Chicago police on Sunday afternoon.

At least three shops have been targeted since June 11 by the thieves who use a brick to bust through front doors and then steal merchandise.

The alert connects three cases to the pattern:

• A break-in in the 3000 block of North Sheffield at 5:05 a.m. on June 11. A source identified the business as an eyeglass boutique that lost designer sunglasses to the burglar.

• A burglary in the 1100 block of West Wilson at 12:10 a.m. on June 15. The source said a Boost Mobile store was targeted in this case.

• A burglary in the 2100 block of West Roscoe between 7 p.m. on June 15 and 7 a.m. on June 16. No further information was available about his incident.

Police do not offer a description of suspects in their alert.

A source reported that two offenders were seen running from the Boost Mobile break-in: a 6’5”-tall, 180-pound black male who was wearing a black shirt with black shorts and a 5’8”-tall 185-pound black male who was wearing a black shirt with black cargo shorts. Both men ran eastbound on Wilson after the burglary, the source said, citing witness accounts.

The source also identified two other possibly related incidents:

• The burglary of Pelly’s Liquors, 3444 North Lincoln, at 3:08 a.m. on June 8: Two men in hoodies were seen breaking through the front door with a crowbar and then fleeing in either a black Audi SUV or a black Toyota minivan with merchandise.

• Monday’s 3:15 a.m. break-in at Chicken Hut, 3200 North Broadway. A passer-by found the restaurant’s window broken and the cash register in disarray.

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