Smash-and-grab burglar targets South Shore businesses

In each case, someone entered a business by throwing an object through a glass storefront and stole property, according to Chicago police.

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A series of smash-and-grab burglaries have been reported since March 28, 2020, along 71st Street in South Shore.

A series of smash-and-grab burglaries have been reported since March 28, 2020, along 71st Street in South Shore.

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Police are warning residents about a series of commercial burglaries since March in South Shore on the South Side.

In each case, someone entered a business by throwing an object through a glass storefront and stole property, according to a business alert from Chicago police.

The break-ins occurred:

  • At 4:29 a.m. May 19 in the 1600 block of East 71st Street;
  • At 5:20 a.m. May 2 in the 1900 block of East 71st;
  • At 10:22 p.m. April 29 in the 1600 block of East 71st;
  • At 11:54 a.m. April 4 in the 1600 block of East 71st;
  • Between 6 p.m. April 3 and 7 a.m. April 4 in the 1800 block of East 71st; and
  • About 3 a.m. March 28 in the 2100 block of East 71st.

The suspect is described as a man between 30 and 35 years old, standing 5-foot-10 to 6 feet tall and weighing 190 to 200 pounds, police said. In one case, he was seen driving away in a red vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call Area One detectives at 312-747-8380.

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