Chicago police late Monday issued a community alert to warn North Side bicycle shops about a series of smash-and-grab burglaries this month.
CWBChicago reported last Thursday that the Turin bike shop, 4710 North Damen in Lincoln Square, had been burglarized twice in ten days: at 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 12th and again at 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 23rd.
Just three days later, around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, burglars broke into Cycle Smithy, 2468 North Clark in Lincoln Park, police announced in the new alert.
The thieves are forcing their way into the bike shops by smashing front door glass, police said. Once inside, they take bikes and ride them to escape from the scene.
No description of the offenders was offered by police other than the suspects are male.
Anyone with information about the burglaries can contact Area North investigators at 312-744-8263 regarding pattern #P19-N-030(BA).
Last Friday, Jeremy Ross of CBS2 reported that BFF Bikes in Bucktown and Well-Fit Performance Center in West Town had also experienced similar break-ins.
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