Cops warn of North Side garage burglaries

Approximate locations of the incidents

Police on Tuesday night warned North Siders about a pattern of garage burglaries that have been reported in September. Detectives typically issue community alerts when they believe a person or group is responsible for a series of crimes.

The thief has been accessing the garages through unlocked doors, police said, although he did pry open a door in one case.

Related incidents have been reported in Uptown, North Center, and Lakeview, according to the alert. Police said the break-ins took place on the 4500 block of North Hermitage sometime between Sep. 3 and Sep. 9; in the 1800 block of West Berenice on Sep. 4; in the 3500 block of North Hermitage between 10 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. on Sep. 11; in the 2000 block of West Cuyler between 3 p.m. Sep. 15 and 4:50 a.m. on Sep. 16; and in the 1900 block of West Oakdale between 7:50 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. on Sep. 22.

Police offered no description of the offender. Detectives urged residents to tell family and friends who live in the neighborhood about the pattern and to ensure that garage doors are secure at all times.

Any information about the crimes may be shared with Area North investigators at 312-744-8263. Refer to pattern P19-N-244.