BRIDGEPORT — Police said residents should be on the lookout for a man they say is behind a series of brazen daytime burglaries, including three on the same day.
According to an alert issued by police, four similar burglaries took place on Feb. 19 and March 5, all roughly in the area near 29th Street and Union Avenue.
All of the incidents occurred during the daytime, police said, and most start the same way — with the burglar forcing open doors and swiping goods, according to the alert.
Police described the bandit as a white or Hispanic man, about 45 to 55 years old and roughly 6 feet tall and weighing 280 pounds.
At Tuesday’s Chicago Alternative Police Strategy (CAPS) meeting, Deering District Cmdr. Joe Gorman said police were close to making an arrest.
Gorman encouraged victims of burglaries to waste no time reporting their crimes to police and credited the Bridgeport neighborhood — which often packs the house for the monthly CAPS meetings — for keeping an active watch on the community.
“We’re going to try to get this guy locked up and out of our hair in the neighborhood,” he said. “We have to give these guys the message that we’re not going to tolerate nonsense.”
In the wake of the burglaries, authorities are reminding residents to keep the perimeters of their properties well lit, and their doors and windows shut.
Anyone with information about the burglaries is encouraged to call Area Central detectives at 312-747-8382.
Police said the first burglary took place in the 2900 Block of South Union on Feb. 19. On March 5, the burglar struck in the 2800 Block of South Union, the 2900 Block of South Wallace Avenue and the 2700 Block of South Emerald Avenue.