Sunday, August 05, 2018

Video: Watch these Lincoln Park burglars steal two bikes in less than a minute

These burglars made quick work of two bicycles in a Lincoln Park garage on Friday. | Provided
Who knew that an SUV could be used as a ladder? These garage burglars apparently did.

Just two days after Chicago police warned about garage burglars who are “almost exclusively” stealing bicycles, a CWBChicago reader’s garage was struck in Lincoln Park—not far from the intersection of Clark and Fullerton.

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Her garage was locked, but they broke in any way, apparently lured in by the sight of two bicycles that were stored in the garage rafters.

“They used a ladder from my neighbors to get into my backyard,” the reader said, asking to remain anonymous. “They look like pros for sure.”

Around 5:30 a.m. two men wrapped up like mummies entered the garage, did a quick survey of the area, then they got to work. One climbed on the hood of the victim’s SUV and pulled down a bike, which he handed off to his partner. Then, with the burglar’s foot braced on the SUV’s windshield for extra leverage, another bike comes down. And that was that.

This may be a good time to re-double your garage security. Maybe the bikes should come inside for a while if you have space. Or maybe they should be locked up while inside the garage. (It’s hard to believe you’d need to lock up a bike that is already locked up in your garage, but….)

In last week’s community alert, police said a series of garage break-ins had been happening during overnight hours in North Center, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park since July 22nd.
Five cases were listed in the alert:
• In the 1800 block of West Eddy on July 22-23
• In the 1500 block of West Montana on July 23-24
• In the 2400 block of West Bradley on July 25-26
• In the 1500 block of West Melrose on July 27-28
• In the 4000 block of North Campbell on July 28-29
Community alerts are typically issued when investigators believe that a series of crimes is the work of the same individual or group. Anyone with information about the burglaries can contact Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.

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