Police Issue Alert After String of Near North Side Break-Ins - NBC Chicago

Police Issue Alert After String of Near North Side Break-Ins



    A community alert for families on the city's north side. Police say there's been a string of break-ins in the Lincoln Park and Old Town neighborhoods. NBC5 has obtained exclusive surveillance video from one of the crimes. NBC5’s Rob Elgas reports. (Published Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013)

    Police issued an alert Wednesday warning of burglaries for Near North Side residents.

    In reported incidents, police say an offender makes entry into garages by unknown means and removes personal property.

    The recent incidents took place between 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. Sept. 17-18 and between 6:50 p.m. and 6:15 a.m. Oct. 10-14 in the 1100 block of West Armitage Avenue, the alert stated.

    But the some area residents claim the area is no stranger to thefts. One homeowner even captured video of the alleged burglar breaking into a home.

    "It's eerie to watch him walk around my property,” said the homeowner, who does not want to be named for security reasons.

    The man said he, his girlfriend and three children were home sleeping when the robbery took place.

    “It’s blood curdling because that's just a few feet from our door,” he said. “It made my stomach turn.”

    A burglar also broke into a home just a few houses away while the residents were asleep.

    “We were robbed one year ago, almost to the day, which actually is why I have the security system,” the homeowner said.

    These Chicagoans have a warning for the brazen burglars.

    "There are many people, especially with new laws coming down the pipe, people are going to be armed and they are going to be trained on how to use a weapon."