Video: Lakeview burglar smashes window, steals bike — but he doesn’t get far!

Ronald Hartley (inset) and images of the burglar at work this morning. | CPD; Heritage Bicycles

Cameras captured a burglar breaking into Heritage Bicycles’ Lincoln Avenue location early Sunday. But the thief did not get far and felony burglary charges have been filed tonight.

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The surveillance camera was rolling as the thief threw something through the shop’s side window at 2959 North Lincoln shortly before 5 a.m. Images show the man running to the shattered window and kicking out remaining shards of glass before he yanks a custom bike from the display. Heritage posted the video to their Instagram page later in the morning.

A witness called 911 immediately with a description of the burglar and the distinctive bike he rode away on.

Cops stopped the suspect as he pedaled around the area of Belmont and Racine about 20 minutes later. The witness was brought to the scene to identify the bike and the offender.

Prosecutors tonight charged 46-year-old Ronald Hartley of the 1500 block of West Melrose with one felony count of burglary. He is due in bond court tomorrow.

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