Cops bust suspects in “numerous” auto burglaries around Lakeview, Lincoln Park

Kendrick Hackler (left) and Lynn Douglas | IDOC; Google

Chicago police are hopeful that they have put the kibosh on a series of daytime auto break-ins that have been plaguing the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. Two men, both on parole, have been arrested and charged after a police mission team allegedly saw them break into a car in Lincoln Park. The men are called “persons of interest” in “numerous” vehicle burglaries around the area, police said.

Approximate location of the incident

Just before 3 p.m. on Dec. 29th, an officer assigned to a tactical team deployed to track down the persons responsible for a surge in auto break-ins allegedly saw 23-year-old Lynn Douglas break out the rear window of a parked car in the 2300 block of North Orchard. Lynn and 23-year-old Kendrick Hackler then removed a backpack from the vehicle and walked into a nearby alley, police said.

A second officer assigned to the mission team saw the two men rummage through the bag and then run away, according to a police report. Lynn and Hackler were taken into custody after a brief foot chase.

Both men are charged with one count of felony burglary. Judge Stephanie Miller allowed both men to be released on recognizance bonds, but Hackler is held without bail on an unrelated matter.

State records show that Hackler was paroled from the Southwestern Correctional Center on Nov. 13th after serving half of a three-year sentence for narcotics. He previously served time for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and filing a false police report.

Douglas was paroled from the Lincoln Correctional Center on Sept. 17th after serving half of a three-year sentence for robbery and narcotics.
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