CHICAGO — Burglars broke into five carwashes and auto repair shops, mainly in Lakeview, on Saturday morning, taking cash and keys from each location, according to Chicago police. They encountered an early-rising employee during one of the break-ins.
Police said two or three men worked together during the hour-long spree. They usually entered businesses by throwing rocks or bricks through glass doors or windows. One time, though, they drove a car through the business’ garage door.
The burglaries started around 3:46 a.m. at Elston Hand Car Wash, 3068 North Elston, in Avondale. A 33-year-old employee was inside the shop when three men used a “brick-like object” to smash the front door, a CPD spokesperson said. They took cash and fled the scene.
At about 4:27 a.m., they broke the glass and entered Car Care Specialist, 2909 North Lincoln. That was followed by a break-in at Tuffy Tire, 1400 West Diversey, at 4:46 a.m. About 20 minutes later, they broke into Bucaro Brothers, 2707 North Ashland.
Finally, at about 5:10 a.m., a witness saw them drive a car through the garage door at Cassidy Tire, 824 West Diversey.
Police issued a community alert describing the burglars as two or three Black men between 18 and 24 years old. They wore dark hoodies and black ski masks.
Information about the crimes can be given to detectives at 312-744-8263 or 312-746-7394. Callers should refer to crime pattern #P23-CWP-058.