Smash-and-grab burglars hit 3 North Side businesses overnight

CHICAGO — Smash-and-grab burglars broke into at least three restaurants on the North Side overnight, according to Chicago police. No arrests have been made in the crimes, which all occurred along Lincoln Avenue.

Police first responded to Left Coast Cafe, 2878 North Lincoln, around 1:50 a.m. Four men broke the juice bar’s glass door with a rock and took cash from inside. They escaped in a black car.

Another break-in was reported at Cilantro’s, a quick-serve Mexican restaurant at 2258 North Orchard at Lincoln Avenue. Witnesses reported seeing a group of men carrying things out of the restaurant and putting them into a black sedan. Without identifying the restaurant by name, CPD said the burglars took a cash drawer and a safe.

They sped away as the first cops arrived at the scene. One of those officers said their car was a Kia Forte. The suspects were five Black males, including two wearing black hoodies, two wearing black short-sleeved shirts, and one wearing a camouflage mask, an officer said.

Most recently, someone broke into Daily Bar, 4560 North Lincoln, around 2:30 a.m. Police said someone threw a rock through the front glass, which set off an audible burglar alarm. According to information released by CPD, nothing was taken from the business.

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