Boystown burglar now suspected of at least six break-ins across Lakeview, Lincoln Park

This burglar, seen during a break-in of The Alley in Lakeview, is now suspected in at least six break-ins. | The Alley

A burglar suspected of committing four business break-ins around Lakeview this month has apparently been plying his trade in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, too.

Locations of six related burglaries

Early on August 10th, a burglar used a pry tool to force his way through the back door of a business in the 2000 block of North Sheffield, police said in a community alert. He used the same technique to enter a restaurant in the 900 block of West Armitage on August 20th.

Police describe the Lincoln Park burglar as male, black, 5’8” to 6-feet tall, 200 to 240 pounds, bald, with a beard.

That description closely resembles the appearance of a man who was recorded by surveillance cameras as he burglarized The Alley, 3221 North Clark, on August 16th.

Police connected that thief to three other burglaries and attempts in a separate community alert. In addition to The Alley, police say he used a pry tool on the rear door of Roscoe’s Tavern 3356 North Halsted around 5:30 a.m. on August 16th; Diva Thai and Sushi Bar at 3542 North Halsted early on August 18th; and an unnamed establishment in the 4000 block of North Sheridan sometime between August 12th and 14th.

The Lakeview community alert describes the burglar seen in the video as a tall male with a beard who has “thick build” and weighs 220 to 270 pounds. In video provided by The Alley, the man appears to be Hispanic or black.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Chicago police detectives at 312-744-8263

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