‘Someone in Chicago needs to step up’ management says after Lakeview bike shop gets burglarized again

A broken window is seen after a burglary at Heritage Bikes & Coffee in Lakeview on May 31, 2024. (Provided)

CHICAGO — Burglars have targeted Heritage Bikes & Coffee on Lincoln Avenue before. You may remember our stories. This morning, the Lakeview shop got burglarized again.

“Sad, but not surprised,” store management said in a Facebook post. “We’ve been broken into so many times, and it just keeps getting worse.”

Chicago police received a call about the break-in at 2959 North Lincoln around 6:24 a.m. The burglar smashed a front window. Management said a couple of bikes were taken from inside.

“We need change. Someone in Chicago needs to step up,” the store’s post continued. “Small businesses are struggling with rising taxes, food costs, and labor expenses. We keep seeing our taxes go up, but where does that money really go?”

“There’s barely anything left to squeeze. But it’s okay; we’ll get the window fixed and we’ll get through today. I’ll keep opening every morning, doing my best for my community and family,” the post read. “In the meantime, please support your local mom-and-pop shops. This kind of thing happens way too often in Chicago, and your support means everything to us.”

Shortly after the shop was burglarized in May 2019, Chicago police arrested a man named Ronald Hartley in connection with the case. Hartley went AWOL from October 2019 to March 2020 and again from March 2021 until December 2023. He finally pleaded guilty on February 13 in exchange for a three-year sentence. (He received another two years for escaping electronic monitoring.)

Hartley will be in prison until November 2025, so you can rule him out as this morning’s culprit.

The shop got hit again three weeks after Hartley’s break-in. Surveillance video showed two men carrying out that burglary.

“Running a business ain’t easy…But stuff like this just kills you,” Heritage said on its Facebook page at the time.

Management spoke out on Facebook after burglars broke into the store in December 2021, too.

“We love you, Chicago, but something has to change,” the store’s 2021 post said.

They added a prediction: “Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time and won’t be the last.”

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