Update: Loop auto burglary problem growing, cops say

Chicago police have updated a warning to drivers in the Loop about a growing auto break-ins pattern at downtown parking garages.

Cops first issued a community alert last week after thieves targeted 21 cars in two garages November 4. Now, detectives have connected break-ins at five other garages to the growing crime pattern.

The burglars are breaking into locked cars through side windows “in a vast majority” of the cases, police said. Valuables, including firearms, have been taken.

For the first time, police have described the suspects, saying the group consists of four or five Black males between 14- and 18-years-old.

Newly-added to the list are break-ins:

  • in the 100 block of West Lake between 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. on November 4
  • in the 200 block of West Washington at 3:05 a.m. on November 4
  • in the 200 block of North Wells at 3:05 a.m. on November 4
  • in the 100 block of North Dearborn at 12:01 a.m. on November 4
  • in the 100 block of North Wells early on November 4
  • in the 200 block of North Wells at 8:30 a.m. on November 4
  • in the 100 block of West Lake sometime between November 4 and 6

Police previously linked the following incidents to the pattern:

  • in the 200 block of West Adams on the night of September 20-21
  • in the 700 block of South Wabash on September 25
  • in the 300 block of East Wacker on October 6
  • in the 100 block of North Wells on the night of October 7-8
  • in the 100 block of East 11th on October 11
  • in the 100 block of East Randolph on the night of October 15-16
  • in the 200 block of South Wells on the night of October 15-16
  • in the 100 block of West Monroe between October 31 and November 3

Anyone with information about the burglaries can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding pattern 20-3-205.

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