Warning issued after burglary crew targets four restaurants in 30 minutes on North Side

Chicago police say a group of up to five burglars broke into four restaurants in about 30 minutes over the weekend. So far, no one has been charged.

The crew pried their way into each business or broke a front glass window to get inside, according to a CPD alert. Once they gained access, the group took cash registers and bottles of alcohol.

CPD reports show burglaries being reported Sunday at

  • Basant Modern Indian, 1939 West Byron in North Center, at 3:48 a.m.
  • Rojo Gusano, 4218 North Ravenswood in Ravenswood, at 4 a.m.
  • Spacca Napoli, 1769 West Sunnyside in Ravenswood, at 4:11 a.m.
  • Tatas Tacos, 2826 North Lincoln in Lakeview, at 4:17 a.m.

Police said the crew wore face masks and hoodies during the burglaries. Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area Three detectives at 312-744-8263. Refer to crime pattern #P23-3-040.

Late-night burglaries have been an ongoing problem for Chicago’s restaurant and bar proprietors.

Last week, prosecutors accused three men of working together to burglarize Slide Bar, 939 South Western Avenue. Two men worked as lookouts, while the third went inside through a broken window, according to the allegations.

The man who went inside, identified by prosecutors as Charvale Bass, is charged with committing six restaurant and bar break-ins since March. Officials said he jumped from a third-floor porch as Chicago police closed in to arrest him on May 31.

Earlier in the month, prosecutors charged 16-time convicted felon Taiwan Lyda with breaking into three restaurants and bars in Logan Square and Bucktown. They said he broke through doors and targeted the businesses’ registers.

In March, police said two men broke into eight bars and restaurants from Lincoln Park to Lincoln Square during a two-night spree. No charges have been filed. Police issued a similar warning to North Side bar owners in February.

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