At least 46 cars were burglarized in the Loop this month, Chicago police warn

CHICAGO — Burglars have broken into at least 46 cars in the Loop this month, Chicago police warned Monday morning in a community alert.

One or more people are breaking side windows to access the interiors of locked cars, except in one case in which the thieves took the vehicle’s catalytic converter. The alert said “a vast majority” of the incidents occurred in parking lots and garages.

Police advise people to park in well-lit areas away from large vehicles that could shield thieves from view. They also suggested that people who will be away for a while should have a friend or family member check on their car periodically.

The police linked these break-ins to the pattern:

  • First block of E. 9th on August 22 at 5:30 p.m.
  • First block of East Harrison on August 10 at 10:54 a.m.
  • First block of West Polk on August 2 at 8:00 p.m.
  • 100 block of West 9th on August 7 at 12:30 a.m.
  • 100 block of West Taylor on August 21 between 1:02 a.m. and 1:15 a.m. (6 vehicles)
  • 1000 block of South Clark on August 26 at 9:20 a.m.
  • 1100 block of South Clark on August 14 at 2:00 p.m.
  • 1100 block of South Wabash on August 16 at 3:15 p.m.
  • 1100 block of South Wells on August 12 at 2 a.m. and again at noon
  • 500 block of South Michigan on August 18 at 3:30 a.m.
  • 500 block of South Financial on August 19 at 7:30 p.m.
  • 600 block of South Financial on August 1 at 10:00 a.m.; August 12 at midnight; and August 21 at midnight
  • 600 block of South La Salle on August 8 at 9:47 p.m.; August 12 at 6:30 p.m.; August 13 at 2:00 p.m.; August 25 at 7:50 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.; August 26 at midnight, 5 a.m., and 9 a.m.
  • 600 block of South Plymouth on August 24 at 5:00 a.m.
  • 600 block of South State on August 19 at 1:40 a.m.
  • 600 block of South Wells on August 18 at 3:00 p.m.
  • 700 block of South Financial on August 9 at 10:35 p.m.
  • 700 block of South La Salle on August 12 at 10:30 a.m.
  • 700 block of South Plymouth on August 24 at 5:00 a.m. (2 vehicles)
  • 800 block of South Financial on August 16 at 9:40 p.m.
  • 800 block of South Michigan on August 15 at 12:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., and 5 p.m.
  • 800 block of South Wabash on August 3 at 9:30 a.m. and August 15 at 4:30 p.m.
  • 800 block of South Wells on August 6 at 8:00 p.m. and August 20 at 8 p.m.
  • 900 block of South Wabash on August 12 at 5:00 p.m.
  • 900 block of South Wells on August 20 at 8:00 p.m. and August 22 at 1:30 p.m.

Area Three detectives did not offer a description of the thief or thieves. Tips can be shared with investigators at 312-744-8263. Refer to crime pattern P23-3-059.

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