Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Home burglary alert issued as break-ins spike around Uptown, Lakeview, and Lincoln Park


Chicago police on Wednesday warned about a series of recent burglaries in the Uptown neighborhood. The alert was issued at almost the exact moment that a resident chased a burglar out of his home in Lakeview, another area that is seeing significant burglary activity.

The alert from detectives warns that one or more burglars have been entering homes through unlocked doors or windows after cutting screens. Once inside the residences, the thieves have taken valuables.

Police have connected six recent incidents in Uptown to the pattern:
• The 4500 block of North Dover around 11 a.m. on October 11th
• The 4400 block of North Beacon around 11:30 a.m. on October 11th
• The 4400 block of North Beacon during daylight hours on October 22
• The 4600 block of North Dover around 5:45 p.m. on October 23
• The 4500 block of North Beacon sometime on October 26, 27, or 28
• The 4400 block of North Dover around 7:45 a.m. on October 29
According to police, the burglar was seen in one of the burglaries. He is described as a white man between 19- and 20-years-old, 6’1” tall, with red hair.

That description is remarkably close to the description of a burglar who was spotted running from a home in Lakeview as the police alert was being issued.

At 5:35 p.m. on Wednesday, a man reported seeing a burglar run out of his back door and drop a stolen laptop in the 1500 block of West Henderson. The offender was described as a white man in his late teens or early 20’s who was wearing a black sweatshirt. The back door of the apartment had been kicked in, the victim said.

CWBChicago last week warned Lakeview residents after six burglaries were reported within 24 hours. The break-ins had been reported in the 900 block of West Newport; the 600 block of West Melrose; the 1000 block of West Byron; the 3700 block of North Kenmore; the 3400 block of North Paulina; and the 1400 block of West Melrose, we reported. Subsequently, police have confirmed additional burglaries during the same time period in the 1000 block of West Irving Park Road and the 3500 block of North Reta.

This is an excellent time to ensure that your door and windows are secured. Drawing your curtains while you are away is also a good idea. Even if you don’t usually make your home appear occupied while you are out, this may be a good time to start leaving a TV on with the volume up when you step away.

Anyone with information about the Uptown burglaries is asked to call Area North detectives at 312-744-8263.
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