Police Warn of Hyde Park Robberies

Chicago Police are warning of a string of robberies this month in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

Police said in the reported burglaries, offenders enter locations through a window or door and take belongings such as laptops, televisions, money, jewelry, tablets and other small electronic devices.

At least seven incidents have been reported this month at the following locations:

  • 5200 block of S. Drexel Blvd.
  • 5200 block of S. Greenwood Ave.
  • 1000 block of E. 53rd St.
  • 5100 block of S. Ellis Ave.
  • 5100 block of S. University Ave.
  • 5400 block of S. University Ave.
  • 800 block of E. 52nd St.

The rash of burglaries has taken a tole on storeowner Wael Ghoushe and his shop.

“It’s scary now,” he said. “Sometimes I sleep in the store because I want to save the store. It doesn’t look good for the community.”

Ghoushe said his store was robbed last Sunday. The door to the store was smashed and the cash register and electronics were stolen. It’s the first time he’s been robbed in his 15 years of business.

“This year it’s terrible,” he said. “Now I’m scared for the safety of the workers here, for myself.”

Other area residents are worried too.

“It’s very unfortunate,” said resident William Adams. “This is a very nice and diverse neighborhood”

Police described one offender as a 6-foot tall black man with braided hair who was last seen wearing a white t-shirt.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the incidents call Area Central Detectives at (312) 747-8384.

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