Thursday, February 25, 2016

As Burglary Spree Rolls On, Wrigleyville Man Finds Prowler Hiding In His Bedroom

UPDATE: Chicago police this morning released surveillance images of the suspect entering The Great American Bagel store on February 23.  Images added at bottom. Our original report follows.
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Kyle had a surprise waiting for him when he walked into his Wrigleyville apartment after work yesterday afternoon. There was a man hiding in his bedroom.

The stranger—almost certainly one of the persons responsible for the area's skyrocketing burglary rate—fled out the back door and down an alley in the 3700 block of N. Kenmore.

He is described as a slender black male between 16- and 22-years-old, standing about 5'9" tall, with long hair, a black hat, black sweatshirt, backpack, and tan pants.

On Tuesday, a Lakeview woman saw two people allegedly trying to break into cars in the 3500 blocks of N. Greenview and N. Janssen. She called police, but the duo managed to jump on an Addison bus before cops arrived. She was able to snap these two pictures first, though.

Other burglaries this week include an apartment in the 800 block of W. Newport and a condo in the 900 block of W. Belle Plaine.

ATM Again

Yet another Wrigleyville ATM was targeted by a burglar who seems to know what he's doing.

A passer-by flagged down police after noticing a burglar alarm sounding inside the now-vacant Pauly's Pizzeria, 3509 N. Clark. Cops investigated and found that the ATM, which faces out from the storefront, had been emptied.

At least two other Wrigleyville ATMs have been targeted in the past two months.

The sidewalk-facing ATM at the now-closed Goose Island Brewery was relieved of $2,280 in January and a hair salon's ATM was whacked for $7,000 in December.

Business Alert

In a new burglary alert issued last night, detectives warn of a man who has broken into businesses during overnight hours to steal property.

The pattern is similar to a months-long problem across the North Side in which a man has stolen cash register drawers and cash boxes, most frequently from restaurants and hair salons, according to a source.

The alert lists a business in the 4000 block of N. Lincoln that was burglarized around 3:30AM on January 26 and another in the 1200 block of W. Belmont that was hit around 1:40AM on February 23.

A source told CWB Chicago that the Lincoln Avenue business is a Subway restaurant that lost a cash register after a burglar broke through the front glass and the Belmont location is The Great American Bagel, where a man broke in and took two cash drawers.

The alert describes the Lincoln Avenue offender as a black man between 25- and 30-years-old, about 5'9" tall, and 250 pounds. The Belmont offender is described as a black man between 35- and 45-years-old, 6'2" tall, and 220 pounds.
 A suspect enters The Great American Bagel shop on February 23. (Chicago Police Department)
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