Burglars strike Wiener’s Circle as North Side business break-ins continue

The Wiener’s Circle, the infamous late-night hot dog stand in Lincoln Park, has fallen victim to overnight burglars who’ve been targeting North Side businesses since autumn.

Suspect in the El Jardin break-in | Facebook

An employee of the restaurant, 2622 North Clark, discovered the break-in when they arrived to open for business on Sunday morning.

Molly’s Cupcakes, another popular business just one block away, was similarly burglarized on Nov. 27th. 

Typically, the burglars are forcing their way into businesses by breaking through front glass doors or prying open rear doors, police have said. Electronics and small amounts of cash that are left in registers for the opening crew are the primary targets.

Among the other businesses that have fallen victim since our last report on the crime pattern:

• El Palmar restaurant at 1008-1/2 West Irving Park Road on Dec. 17
• A clothing store at 4138 North Broadway on Dec. 17th
• The Sprint store at 1201 North Clark on Dec. 22nd (arrest made)
• Goddess and the Baker at 225 North LaSalle on Dec. 23rd
• Citi Food Mart at 3355 North Clark on Dec. 23rd
• Beauty Island at 4433 North Broadway on Dec. 28th
• Taqueria Ranchito at 4651 North Clark on Jan. 1st
• A convenience store in the 4100 block of North Lincoln on Jan. 4th
• El Jardin restaurant at 3335 North Clark on Jan. 5th

The suspect in the Taqueria Ranchito incident was described as male, black, 5’10” to 6-feet tall, dressed in all black. He encountered staff members when he broke into the restaurant around 5:15 a.m.

Loop business struck FOUR times

Back on Dec. 13th, we told you that an Akira store in the 100 block of South State Street had been burglarized of merchandise twice in the previous week. Guess what? It’s been burglarized two more times.

Suspects in the Akira burglaries | Chicago Police Dept

As in the previous burglaries, a man broke through the revolving door on New Year’s Day. After he left the store, another thief saw the unsecured store and decided to take advantage of the situation by crawling in and stealing an armload of merchandise for himself. No arrests have been made.

Previous coverage

Business burglaries continue on North Side; Loop clothing store struck twice in a week

Lincoln Park: Beloved cupcake store falls victim to burglars

Late night burglars keep slamming North Side businesses
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