Lincoln Park business burglars are not ‘sophisticated,’ alderman says

The men who burglarized four Lincoln Park businesses on Friday are not part of a “sophisticated” crew, the alderman says. (Yelp!)

CHICAGO — The two men who broke into four Lincoln Park businesses on Friday are not part of a “sophisticated” break-in crew, according to the local alderman.

Chicago police released a community alert about the crimes, saying the duo entered the businesses early Friday by breaking glass doors. The pair ransacked the businesses, taking whatever caught their eye, and fled on foot, according to the alert.

Ald. Timmy Knudsen (43rd) identified the businesses as Athenian Room, Underthings, and Kameya Sushi, all in the 800 block of West Webster, and Shine restaurant at 756 West Webster.

In an email newsletter, Knudsen said the burglaries “do not seem to be a part of the more sophisticated ‘robbery crew’ trend that other areas on the North Side have experienced.”

“Although items taken were minimal, it is incredibly unsettling for any business to be violated in this way. We have a wonderful mix of businesses at this corner, and we ask the community to consider supporting them through eating and shopping locally this weekend,” the alderman wrote.

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

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