Forcible residential break-ins: Wicker Park and Bucktown


Four forced entry residential burglaries have prompted the Department's 14th District to issue an alert for Wicker Park and Bucktown. 

Offender(s) remove or break a screen then pry or break the window for access to the residence. 

In one case, the offenders faked working across the street from a targeted  location, waiting for the homeowners to leave. 

The incidents were:

  • 2217 W Armitage Ave. (Bucktown) on July 4 at 10 p.m.
  • 1743 W Wabansia Ave. (Wicker Park) on July 7 at 5:20 p.m.
  • 1635 W North Ave. (Wicker Park) on July 11 at 9 p.m.
  • 1626 N Wolcott Ave. (Wicker Park) on July 11 at 3:05 p.m. 

The offenders are described as being Black male(s) between 17 and 25 years old with slim builds. 

What you can do

  • Be aware of your surroundings and unfamiliar or suspicious people in your area.
  • Ensure that valuables are concealed and from within view of windows.
  • Lock all windows, doors, and any access points. Ensure gates are locked if applicable.
  • Utilize surveillance cameras within your residence if possible.
  • Notify neighbors of this crime pattern. If you see something suspicious, alert police immediately.
  • Call 911 immediately if you are a victim or witness to a crime and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) and involved vehicles.

If you have any information about these crimes or offender(s), please contact Area 5 Detectives at 312.746.7394. The Reference Number is P20-5-022.



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