Update: Since publication of our report, police confirmed the CVS at 771 North Ogden in West Town was also burglarized around 4:35 a.m.
For the second night in a row, Chicago police spent the early hours of Wednesday running around after a group of ATM thieves and retail store burglars. The group has targeted at least six businesses over the past two nights. Investigators believe the men are responsible for a series of similar sprees across the North Side in recent weeks.
No one has been arrested, but the list of victims continues to grow.
The group started their Wednesday break-ins around 1:54 a.m. at El Yunque Food & Liquor, 1900 North California, in Logan Square. According to police, they broke out the front windows and took the ATM along with liquor and cigarettes. They fled in a gray SUV and a red Ford Fusion.
About 30 minutes later, they broke through the front windows at Walgreen’s, 2440 West North Avenue. They raided the cosmetics department and other areas, then fled in the same vehicles, according to a CPD report.
At 3:10 a.m., they broke through the front windows at CVS, 2815 North Western in Bucktown. Once again, they loaded up on merchandise and drove away.
According to police, at least one of the vehicles used Wednesday is connected to a series of similar crimes on Tuesday morning:
- At 2:40 a.m., a group of men took liquor and the cash register from South Loop Market, 2340 North California, in Wicker Park.
- At 3:05 a.m., they broke through the front doors of Burrito House, 3718 North Elston. It’s not clear what they took from the restaurant. However, the group targeted ATMs during a wave of Mexican restaurant break-ins on February 4.
- Then, at 4:04 a.m., they busted into Red Star Liquors, 2725 North Milwaukee, and took the ATM, according to a CPD report.
The burglary team has been taking ATMs, liquor, cigarettes, and other valuables during early morning raids for weeks. They struck multiple locations on February 4, February 3, January 26, January 20, January 1, and December 26.
Records show they have generally targeted mom & pop convenience stores, Mexican restaurants, and liquor stores where free-standing ATMs are usually permanently installed.
They have also taken an ATM from an Old Town service station that was open for businesses at the time of their raid. And now, they’ve expanded to include CVS and Walgreens on their target lists.