$4K Taken In Wrigleyville Bar Burglary; Also—Uptown Prowler Busted By DNA

The Irish Oak in Wrigleyville was burglarized early Monday, police said. | 10best.com

Burglars took an estimated $4,000 cash from a Wrigleyville bar early Monday as break-ins appear to be making a come-back in Lakeview East.

No signs of forced entry were found when workers arrived at the Irish Oak bar, 3511 North Clark on Monday. The business office had been gone through as were a safe and lockbox, according to police.

Since last Friday, burglaries have also been reported in the 1200 block of West Eddy; the 800 block of West Aldine, and the 3100 block of North Racine. About half of the known burglaries involved force being used to enter the premises.

Elsewhere, a creative burglary team heisted premium appliances from the kitchen of a home under construction in the 2000 block of West George. Workers discovered the missing items when they reported for work Monday morning.

Burglar Busted By DNA

Phillips | Cook County Sheriff

In Chicago, where police evidence technicians are hard to come by, and where rape kits sometimes wait for years to be tested by a crime lab, there is a bit of a miracle to report: An Uptown man was arrested late last week after a DNA test came back showing that he left genetic material at the scene of a restaurant burglary in 2016.

Otis Phillips, 56, broke into the Tolotzin Mexican restaurant at 4431 North Broadway, prosecutors said. He ripped out the cash register and took $450 cash, according to charges.

An employee reporting for work on April 28 last year found a front window broken out and the restaurant’s cash register lying in an alley.

The restaurant break-in was reported during a wave of similar business burglaries across the North Side.

Chicago police records show that Phillips has been arrested three times for burglary and theft since last summer. He is charged with felony burglary in the restaurant case. Cook County Judge Stephanie Miller ordered him released on a $25,000 recognizance bond.

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