Video: Burglar breaks into Lakeview comic book store — then calls a friend because he doesn’t know what to steal

Surveillance images of the burglar. |

It may be one of the most poorly-planned burglaries we’ve seen. And that’s good news for Graham Crackers, the popular comic book store at 3162 North Broadway in Lakeview.

The store’s surveillance system was rolling as a lone burglar broke through the front door over the weekend and then called a friend for advice on what to steal.

“I’m in this store…I need to know…Marvels, all kinds of sh#t…,” the man says as he encourages the person on the other end to wake up a female who apparently knows more about comics than he does. “Wake her up. I’m in this b#tch.”

But his begging and pleading didn’t get results.

“Wake her up! Shorty! We can get money, Shorty! I’ll break you in!”

A passer-by discovered the burglary around 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.

“The damage to the shop was very minimal and the perpetrator mostly stole individual Magic Cards, our TV, a KISS Starchild figure (he passed on the Gene Simmons). a poster, a Flash T-Shirt, Deathstroke Gallery statue and a Bart Simpson bank,” store manager John Robinson told, which first reported on the crime.

“While this is upsetting…it clearly could have been much, much worse,” Robinson told the website. “We’re grateful that no one was harmed, minimal damage was done, and not a TON of product was taking so the store is still open.”

Anyone with information about the burglar can contact the store directly at 773-665-2010.

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