Sneaky burglar gets locked inside Macy’s — on purpose, cops say

Everybody’s probably thought about it. What would happen if you found yourself accidentally locked inside a store after closing time?

Other people apparently have a slightly different outlook on the scenario: How can I intentionally get myself locked inside a store after closing time?

It looks like a creative thief has figured that out.

Chicago police say a burglar hid inside the Macy’s store at Water Tower Place around closing time Tuesday with the intention of getting locked inside. He succeeded. Then, after the employees were gone, he helped himself to money from the retailer’s cash drawers.

Investigators determined the burglar entered the sprawling eight-level department store at 6:47 p.m. — just 13 minutes before it closed for the night. Once the coast was clear, he stole some of the cash drawers that had been placed in registers for the next day’s business. Then, he left.

Macy’s employees discovered thefts around 10 a.m. Wednesday as they prepared to open, police said.

Surveillance images show the sneaky thief to be a Black male between 50- and 55-years-old, who stands 5’8” to 6’ tall, and weighs 150-160 pounds. He was wearing a black jacket with white stripes on the sleeves, black jeans, white gym shoes, and a black New York-logoed baseball cap.

Area Three detectives are investigating.

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