Burglars Hitting Cell Phone, Electronics Stores In Downtown Area

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are warning cell phone and electronics businesses in the downtown area that about a band of burglars that have been breaking in and stealing merchandise.

The burglars have been breaking into the businesses during the wee hours of the morning, between 2 and 6 a.m., police said. They throw bricks or rocks through the windows to make their way in, and usually target items they can carry off easily such as cell phones or small electronic equipment, police said.

Police say the burglaries have happened in the Near North and Central districts – an expanse that stretches from Lincoln Park south to the Near South Side – but the exact locations of the affected businesses was not specified.

The burglars are described as two to three black males between the ages of 17 and 30, wearing dark clothing and hooded sweat shirts. No further description was provided.

Police advise neighbors to tell business owners about the burglaries, and for merchants to maintain their surveillance cameras and alarm systems. Anyone who sees burglars should not confront them, but should call 911 immediately, police said. Crime scenes must be left alone so police can gather evidence.

Anyone with information is asked to call Belmont Area police detectives, at (312) 744-8263.

  • Miguel Rivera

    Even the downtown area is not safe for buglaries. What a bunch of stupid advice the police give to the stores. To maintain cameras and alarm systems. Why? It’s cold weather now, the thieves could cover up real well. and we have less police officers. The odds are in the thieves’ favor. More to continue.

    • I Needs My Cellphones !

      It seems the black African negros are becoming more efficient in their extreme hunger for cell phones. Hitting a store will yield many cell phones, while a single victim only has one. What the hell is it this year with the negros and cell phones????

  • Border Agewnt 69

    It will only get worse just wait to Obama and the bankers collapse the economy watch what will happen then.

    Just look what happens when Basketball Championships are won.

    • jesse jr.

      what does obama have to do with this story?
      another moron posting nonsense

  • briar patch

    the radio shack near broadway and belmont had their window broken early this morning. had a police car parked outside and another car-perhaps the stores owner-were there.

  • Untold Truth

    Border Agent69 it is the mixed blood causing confusion… plain and simple he is half yours. Now the crack issue, search your community it has been hit hard with crack and meth. Try to buy some sinus pills.

  • Doug

    Strike “wee small hours of the” and “A.M.”

    Just trying to help but I think it’s too late.

  • Doug

    Strike “Wee small hours of the” and “A.M.”


    Your boss

    P.S. Sorry…. I didn’t catch it either.

  • missy

    Need to creat a black only cell phone. It would have huge rims. Speed dial Church’s chicken only. Only names in phone book would begin with the letters LA—-. You would get a new one everyone, because you don’t pay your bills at the currency exchange in a timely manner. call it the imonkey.

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