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Police warn Near North Siders of window break-ins

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

Call it window shoplifting.

Police officials issued a community alert Monday afternoon warning Near North Side businesses of an uptick in burglaries this July. In each case, they said, burglars broke the businesses' windows to steal merchandise in the window displays.

Police said the unknown offender or offenders forced their way into retail establishments in the early morning by smashing their storefront windows, gathering items on display, and quickly fleeing through the broken windows.

One incident took place at a store in the 600 block of North Michigan Avenue on July 22 around 5 a.m., and a second took place in the 0-100 Block of East Oak Street on July 28 around 7 a.m.

Police said the offenders were likely male and wearing dark, hooded sweatshirts and dark pants.

Police advised business owners to keep the perimeters of their properties well-lit, report suspicious activity immediately, secure doors and windows, and immediately repair broken windows, doors or locks.

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