Thieves stole money from at least two ATMs during burglaries of small businesses in the Edgewater and West Ridge neighborhoods since Oct. 17. Police issued a community alert to warn retailers about the pattern.
The burglars shattered the front doors to gain entrance to the stores and then stole property, the alert said. CWBChicago learned independently that the offenders targeted ATMs at least twice.
According to information in the alert and details secured by CWBChicago, the burglars first struck on Oct. 17. A witness reported seeing three men break into Youmax Food & Liquor, 2222 West Devon, around 4 a.m. The offenders double-parked a black sedan in front of the store, ATM proceeds and other property, then sped away northbound on Bell Ave, the witness said.
Police described the offenders as black men between 5’6” and 5’11” tall who weigh between 160 and 180 pounds. They wore masks and hooded sweatshirts, according to CPD’s community alert.
The thieves then struck twice in the Edgewater neighborhood on Oct. 22: at Everything Dollar, 6028 North Broadway around 3:30 a.m. and at Hollywood Spirits, 1301 West Hollywood, around 4:15 a.m.
Police said the men used a red Ford Explorer during the Edgewater heists. The crew targeted an ATM at Hollywood Spirits, according to a police report.
Detectives are encouraging business owners to share information about the crime pattern with their colleagues and neighbors.
Anyone with tips about the burglaries can contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding pattern #P19-3-281.
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