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This screen grab of a surveillance video shows a man smash his way into a South Loop restaurant. (Bull Chicks)

WATCH: Thief Breaks Into South Loop Restaurant, Steals $2,000

It happened at around 4:30 a.m. Monday near Wabash and Harrison. Within seconds, owners say the criminal swiped $2,000. The owners think the same guy also broke in two weeks ago and stole $3,000.

09/01/2014

Is this beaut locked correctly? (Photo Credit: Mason Johnson)

Most Chicago Bike Owners Don’t Secure Their Bikes Properly, Allowing Thieves To Take Advantage

Let’s be honest: Chicagoans get their bikes stolen more often than Liam Neeson’s family members get kidnapped in the Taken franchise. Here are the mistakes bike theft victims make and how to avoid them!

08/06/2014

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Police: Be On The Lookout For Cross-Dressing Cab Thief

07/14/2014

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Cross-Dressing Passenger Knocks Down Cabbie, Steals Taxi

A cab driver was relieved of some personal items – and his cab – this weekend by a strong-armed robber who may have been a cross-dressing man, police said.

07/13/2014

(Credit: Golf Mill surveillance video)

Holiday Grinch Steals Hundreds From Charity Jar

A north suburban police department is seeking the public’s assistance with identifying a man who allegedly stole more than $250 from a charitable contribution jar.

12/11/2013

A man operates an iPhone (Photo credit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Police: Teen Stabbed Thief Who Took Friend’s iPhone

A Glenview teen who tried to help a friend retrieve a stolen iPhone has been charged with attempted murder for stabbing the alleged thief.

03/29/2013

Darrick Smith was arrested for stealing from a mail truck.

Off-Duty Cop Catches Mail Thief

Officer Damien Bolden was off-duty but still helped nab a mail thief.

12/01/2012

Michael Younger (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

Thief Breaks Into Dollar Store With Compact Loader

A thief used a stolen Bobcat mini excavator to smash through a West Side dollar store Friday morning.

05/11/2012

Raymond Jefferson

Report: GPS Technology Busts Alleged Electronics Thief

Police got a little help again from technology in catching an alleged thief.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2012

Robert SimmonsRobert Simmons, 50, of Chicago was charged with felony vehicular invasion. (Chicago Police Department)

Mom Victim, Witnesses Catch Smash-And-Grab Purse Thief

Witnesses in the West Town neighborhood helped detain a parolee who smashed the window of a parked car to steal a woman’s purse Thursday afternoon, while she and her young daughter sat in the vehicle.

03/30/2012

Linette Kossow describes how she chased after an 18-year-old man who stole her wallet Friday. (CBS)

Woman Chases Down Teen Twice Her Size Who Stole Wallet

A teenage boy stole a woman’s wallet as she rode a bus overnight, but the woman chased the thief down and cornered him until police arrived.

CBS Chicago–01/27/2012

Cortez Carter (Chicago Police Dept.)

Three Cops Hurt After Man Steals Cab, Hits 2 Police Cars

Three Chicago police officers were recovering, after a car thief went on a wild ride Sunday morning through the Gold Coast neighborhood.

CBS Chicago–12/18/2011

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Thief Steals Truckload Of Special K Bars In Aurora

Sometime in the past few weeks in Aurora, someone made off with a truckload of Special K.

CBS Chicago–12/15/2011

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Beer Thief Attacks Man With Corkscrew

A thirsty thief stabbed a man with a corkscrew after he burst into two Bucktown apartments in search of beer in the early hours of Saturday, authorities say.

10/30/2011

James Jackson

Authorities: Library Book Thief Was Easy To Track

It was the unique nature of the books allegedly stolen by a Lisle Library janitor that led police to him.

CBS Chicago–10/05/2011

Wendy Johnson (Credit: DuPage County Sheriff)

Detectives Nab Church Thief

Nearly a month after the crime, detectives have nabbed a woman accused of stealing a computer and electronic dictionary from a church.

05/11/2011

Clarence Anthony

Authorities: Toothpaste Thief Hit Store Owner With Coffee Pot

Authorities have charged a man with trying to steal 16 tubes of toothpaste from a Back of the Yards neighborhood dollar store, and clobbering the owner with a coffee pot after he got caught.

CBS Chicago–04/29/2011

Surveillance camera photo (Credit: Naperville Police Department)

Reward Offered For Info On Suburban Cash Register Thieves

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading ton two men who burglarized a west suburban store, stealing the cash register after failing to get it open.

02/23/2011