West Loop: While workers play, burglar steals their MacBooks

A MacBook Pro | MichalPL

What are you gonna do this weekend? Wow. That sounds great. Hope your computer doesn’t get stolen from work while you’re doing that.

Ya see, a crafty burglar is stealing laptops from West Loop offices on weekends while workers are out enjoying the summer sun, according to a community alert from Chicago police.

At least three offices have fallen victim to the intruder over the past month. He specializes in taking MacBook Pros, police said.

The man only strikes on weekends, forcing his way through office doors to access the devices that can retail for well over $2,000 each.

Police say he has struck on the 600 block of West Jackson at 7 p.m. on June 21; on the 600 block of West Randolph at 10:22 a.m. on June 22nd; and on the 500 block of West Randolph between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on July 21st.

According to the alert, he is black, 38- to 45-years-old, and stocky. He has been seen wearing a baseball cap and carrying a dark backpack bearing Nike’s Michael Jordan logo.

Office managers should make sure all security equipment is functioning, and all doors and windows are locked, police said.

Anyone with information about the crimes may contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8384 regarding pattern P19-1-241.

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