Boystown: Three businesses targeted in burglaries since Thursday; One owner offers reward

Burglar covers his hand with a towel to prevent leaving fingerprints, then he stares into the camera. | The Alley

Chicago detectives are on the hunt for a burglar who may have struck three businesses in the Boystown area since early Thursday. And one businessman whose shop was targeted by the thief is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

These images of the burglar are taken from surveillance videos provided by The Alley, 3221 North Clark Street, where the thief broke in through the back door at 5:48 a.m. on Thursday.

Just eight minutes earlier, the same man tried to break into Roscoe’s Tavern, one of the largest bars on Boystown’s Halsted Street bar strip, but he came up short.

Before he stole a Alley logo hat, store cameras caught these images of the burglar. | The Alley

External surveillance cameras captured images of the man outside the bar, “he never made it far enough inside to be caught on the internal surveillance,” Roscoe’s manager told us. A back door alarm summoned police to the scene, but the burglar was gone when they arrived. Nothing appeared to have been taken from the bar.

Employees arriving for work Saturday afternoon discovered a burglary had occurred overnight at Diva Thai And Sushi Bar, 3542 North Halsted Street. While images of the Diva suspect aren’t yet available, the technique used is very similar to the one used at the Boystown bar and The Alley: Entry was made through the back door, and the burglar struck the cash register.

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Reward Offered

Longtime Lakeview businessman Mark Thomas, the owner of The Alley, is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the burglar’s capture.

Thomas says the break-in caused about $1,000 in damage to cash registers and doors that were pried open.

One distinguishing feature that the burglar may be sporting is an Alley-logoed baseball hat that he donned about half-way through the six-minute crime.

Anyone with information about the burglar can contact email Thomas:

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