‘Unsophisticated’ burglary team strikes 5 more times, mostly in Lincoln Park

CHICAGO — A burglary team that a Lincoln Park alderman called not “sophisticated” struck five more times on Wednesday morning. While they may lack the pizzazz the alderman expects from break-in crews, they’re certainly making up for it in volume. 

Chicago police say the men started Wednesday’s spree at 2:43 a.m. at Hooter’s, 660 North Wells. Then, between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., they broke into four more businesses, all in the 900 and 1000 blocks of West North Avenue: Sweetgreen, Potbelly, Burrito Beach, and Roti.

Last Friday, the men broke into four businesses near Webster and Halsted: Athenian Room, Shine Restaurant, Underthings, and Kameya Sushi. That same morning, they burglarized a car dealership in the 1500 block of North Dayton and an unidentified business in the 500 block of West Dickens.

Ald. Timmy Knudsen (43rd), who represents much of Lincoln Park, told his constituents last week that the burglars “do not seem to be a part of the more sophisticated ‘robbery crew’ trend that other areas on the North Side have experienced.”

According to CPD, each break-in involves one or two men breaking glass doors to enter businesses. Once inside, they ransack the place and take whatever they want.

Area Three detectives are in charge of the investigation. Their number is 312-744-8263.

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