Saturday, November 24, 2018

Lincoln Park: Cops warn of home burglaries as witnesses provide possible descriptions

Locations of Friday's burglary (red) and break-ins listed in a recent CPD community alert (blue).
Just hours after North Side detectives issued a community alert about a series of home burglaries in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, alert witnesses may have seen the criminals in action.

Just before 1 p.m. on Friday, officers responded to a burglary in progress in the 2100 block of North Fremont, right in the middle of the area where investigators said earlier that a break-in crew was operating.

The burglary on Fremont failed on Friday, but police may now have descriptions of the offenders: A man and a woman who are using a black Jeep with a license plate that begins with “Z742.” The woman is white, 5’5” tall, with a light blue or gray thigh-length winter jacket, black leggings or gym pants, and black snow boots. The man is black and 5’7” tall with shoulder-length dreadlocks, a black quilted winter coat, and dark pants.

While police have not publicly linked Friday’s burglary attempt with the previously-announced crime pattern, the incident has many of the same traits as the pattern, including geographic area and time of day.

Police have said that the burglars are entering residences through open doors and windows to steal computers, jewelry, cameras, credit cards and cash. Burglaries have been reported in the following locations:
• 2200 block of North Seminary during the afternoon of Nov. 7th
• 1700 block of North North Park during the daytime hours on Nov. 8th
• 1800 block of North Fremont during the evening on Nov. 13th
• 1900 block of North Dayton during the daytime hours on Nov. 15th
• 1800 block of North Halsted during the daytime hours on Nov. 16th
• 1100 block of West Dickens during the afternoon on Nov. 17th
• 2100 block of North Sheffield during the evening of Nov. 19th
Detectives suggested that residents in the area keep their doors and windows secure, track serial numbers of valuable pieces of property, and ensure that video surveillance systems are functioning correctly.

Anyone with information about the burglaries may contact Area North detectives at 312-747-8380.
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