Sunday, October 21, 2018

Burglars targeting Asian restaurants in after-hours break-ins


Police have again warned about a series of after-hours business burglaries in the Uptown neighborhood. While the police department didn’t say so, all the burglar has been targeting Asian restaurants.

Detectives typically issue community alerts when they believe a series of crimes have been committed by a single person or a specific group of people.

In the new alert, police said windows or glass doors are being broken with a brick or a piece of concrete to gain entry to the businesses after hours. The burglar takes money from cash registers and escapes before police have time to respond. No offender description has been provided by police.

Four shops have been burglarized since last Sunday, according to the alert and police sources:
• The Uptown Vietnamese Restaurant in the 1000 block of West Argyle at 2:47 a.m. on Oct. 14th
• Ora Sushi in the 5100 block of North Clark at 3:11 a.m. on Oct. 16th
• An unnamed restaurant in the 4800 block of North Broadway on Oct. 15th or 16th
• Dib Sushi in the 1000 block of West Lawrence at 3:15 a.m. on Oct. 19th
Police previously warned of a business burglary in the 1100 block of West Argyle early on September 24th and another in the 4900 block of North Broadway on September 22nd.

Business owners are advised to ensure that their alarm and surveillance systems are working and that all monies are properly secured at night.

Anyone with information about the break-ins may contact Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263
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