CPD Alert: North Side thieves may be “watching the victims” before burglarizing homes

Approximate locations of the burglaries listed in CPD’s alert

A series of North Side burglaries may be the work of criminals who are choosing to break into houses when they see people leaving home to go to work, jog, or walk a dog, according to a new community alert from Chicago police.

The alert lists eleven residential burglaries since July 24th that may be connected to the burglar or burglars. Break-ins have been reported across  Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and into North Center.

Police say the intruders are entering through unlocked back doors or windows and “in most cases” the victims are at work when their homes are being looted. But not always. “In some cases, the victims are at home in another room, out for a run, or on a dog walk….This could indicate that the offender(s) are watching the victims prior to entering the residence and are aware of the victims’ habits,” according to the community alert.

Detectives said the offender is “an unknown male with black hair.”

The eleven incidents listed in the community alert are:

• 1500 block of West Berteau, July 24th between 7 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.
• 800 block of West Belmont, July 24th between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
• 2900 block of North Clark, July 24th or July 25th
• 2400 block of North Clybourn, July 27th around 9:30 a.m.
• 1100 block of West Oakdale, August 1st between 10:15 a.m. and 5 p.m.
• 1800 block of West Wellington, August 3rd around 12:45 p.m.
• 600 block of West Melrose, August 4th between 1:45 a.m. and 9 a.m.
• 3500 block of North Hamilton, August 8th between 6:45 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
• 3000 block of North Janssen, August 12th around 1 p.m.
• 1700 block of West Altgeld, August 13th between 3 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
• 1000 block of West Dakin, August 17th around 1:30 p.m.

Anyone with information about the burglaries may contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263

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