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Police warn Near North Side businesses of burglaries again

May 29, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

The upscale restaurants and art galleries around the 300 block of West Superior Street can't seem to catch a break. Shops in the area have been targeted by burglars for the second time this month, according to a community alert issued by police.

Earlier this month police officials from District 18, which encompasses the Near North Side, released a similar alert warning of break-ins at local businesses near Merchandise Mart.

Wednesday evening police officials said the area has been hit again, this time by an offender dressed in dark colored clothing, who allegedly forced open the front doors of each establishment and then pried open the back doors as well from the inside.

The break-ins, which were reported before, during and after Memorial Day weekend, included an early-morning break-in at the 200 block of West Hubbard Street on May 21, and multiple break-ins in the 300 block of West Superior Street, between May 25 and May 28, between the late evening and early morning hours.

The blocks include the Schneider Gallery, Ann Nathan Gallery, Printworks Gallery, and the Bull & Bear bar.

Police advise local business owners to lock their doors and windows, and activate any alarms and video surveillance systems they have on site.

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