Burglary crew hit 10 businesses in 5 hours, Chicago police say

A surveillance image of the man suspected of burglarizing ten bars, restaurants, and stores across Chicago on May 17. (Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO — Police are hunting for a group of burglars who broke into at least ten bars, restaurants, and stores late last week. In a community alert issued on Monday, police said they needed less than five hours to complete their crime spree.

The alert stated that they gained entry by breaking the businesses’ glass with a hammer or cinderblock. Once inside, they took cash registers and other items, including a safe.

A surveillance video released by CPD shows one of the men ripping a safe out of its mounting in an office area. According to the video time stamp, the footage corresponds to the first burglary of the night, a break-in in the 7800 block of South Western Avenue.

After that, the crew worked its way to the North Side, stopping to commit burglaries along the way. Police linked them to burglaries at the following locations and times:

  • 3300 block of West 79th Street around 12:43 a.m.
  • 4100 block of South Ashland around 1:43 a.m.
  • 2600 block of South Halsted around 1:43 a.m. and again at 1:46 a.m.
  • 2000 block of North Damen at 2:45 a.m.
  • 1400 block of West Winnemac at 2:50 a.m.
  • 1700 block of West Wilson at 3:06 a.m.
  • 4500 block of North Ravenswood between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m.
  • 4300 block of North Lincoln between midnight and 4:30 a.m.

Up to four Black males wearing dark clothing, face masks, and gloves committed the burglaries, according to CPD’s alert. They traveled in a stolen black Kia Soul, which police have recovered.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact detectives at 312-744-8263. Refer to crime pattern #24-CWP-027.

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