Police suggest installing ‘unbreakable shields’ after burglars target popular restaurants

Chicago police are recommending that business owners consider installing unbreakable shields to protect their windows after a series of burglaries in Noble Square, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square.

The advice from police came in a community alert Sunday morning that warned about a man who has broken into at least three businesses and targeted one of them four times in a month.

They said the burglar gets inside by breaking the front or side windows with a brick, rock, or crowbar. After that, he steals money, cash registers, safes, and liquor.

Another man drops the burglar off and picks him back up in a red Nissan Murano bearing license plate number DH74832, according to the alert.

Police said Mott Street and Zoku sushi are two businesses that the burglar has targeted. | Yelp

Mott Street, a popular Asian fusion restaurant at 1401 North Ashland, has been hit four times, according to police: on March 17, April 1, April 7, and April 15. All of those break-ins occurred between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.

On April 16, the man burglarized Western Foods Grocery store at 1358 North Western around 6:45 a.m.

Yesterday, he broke into Zoku Sushi, 1616 North Kedzie, around 4 a.m., according to police.

They said he wears dark clothing, green gloves, and a dark jacket with a fur-lined hood. No description of the getaway driver was released.

In the alert, police advised businesses to make sure their surveillance systems are working correctly and, if possible, to install ArmorPlast, a clear security glass panel that can be installed over existing windows and doors.

The police also asked anyone who has information about the burglars to contact them at 312-746-7394.

On Tuesday, at least three bars in West Town were targeted by an early morning burglar, including Cobra Lounge, Irish Nobleman, and Tuman’s Tap and Grill. Police have not linked those break-ins with the two-man crew described in Sunday’s alert.

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