North Side garage burglars caught on camera

A videograb of two garage burglars recorded in Edgewater on September 28, 2023. | Provided

CHICAGO — Two residential garage burglars were caught on camera in Edgewater recently, and one of their victims believes they’re the same prowlers that Chicago police recently warned North Side homeowners about.

CPD issued a community alert Sunday to warn residents about two men who have been burglarizing garages from Lincoln Park to North Center.

The alert said that the pair entered garages through side doors and took property from inside the garages and vehicles parked within them.

It described the suspects as one Hispanic man and one Black man wearing black ski masks, gray sweatshirts, and gloves.

One of our readers thought that description sounded familiar when he read our story. It sounded just like the two guys who burglarized his garage in Edgewater around 2 a.m. on September 28.

He sent videos showing the men strolling up and down the alley, ducking between buildings, and emerging with things in their hands. The footage also shows a vehicle that the men used.

In one clip, they stop walking within range of a security camera so one guy can tuck something into the other guy’s backpack. You can get a pretty good look at their faces during those moments.

Take a look at the footage:

Police advise residents to keep their properties well-lit and secure their garages.

The community alert linked six burglaries to the pair, but there are undoubtedly more. Officially, though, police said the duo burglarized garages in:

  • the 2500 block of North Racine on October 2 at 5:00 a.m.
  • the 4100 block of North Hermitage on October 3 at 1:00 a.m.
  • the 4200 block of North Wolcott on October 3 at 1:38 a.m. and 1:48 a.m.
  • the 2400 block of West Cullom on October 3 at 8:00 a.m.
  • the 1200 block of West Nelson on October 3 at 5:30 p.m.
  • the 1500 block of West Oakdale on October 7 at 1:30 a.m. and 1:38 a.m.

Tips can be shared with detectives at 312-744-8263. Refer to crime pattern #P23-3-078.

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