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WATCH THIEF FAIL: Pie Hole Pizza iPad Thief Thwarted by Security Cable

By Serena Dai | October 28, 2013 9:01am
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LAKEVIEW — A thief intent on ripping off an iPad from the counter of a closed pizza joint in Lakeview apparently didn't consider the device's security cable while hatching the plan.

A video posted to the Facebook page of Pie Hole Pizza Joint, 3477 Broadway, shows the thief casing the place from the sidewalk over the weekend, and then returning to break in.

The video shows the thief smashing the front window around 8 a.m. Saturday, knocking out the loose glass and then climbing into the store.

The thief then tried to grab an iPad on the shop's counter used for the Belly customer-loyalty program.

But the iPad was secured with a cable, and the thief was unable to take it — despite repeated attempts to pull it free. Watch the video here.

Owner Doug Brandt told Chicago Phoenix that the window damage cost about $350. The restaurant, which specializes in custom-order slices, is still open for business in Lakeview and at a location in Andersonville, 5001 N. Clark St.

Many residents in Lakeview have been concerned about crime in the neighborhood, but Brandt told DNAinfo Chicago that one attempted iPad theft should not worry neighbors looking to grab a slice.

He plans to examine past video footage to see if the offenders visited the restaurant earlier in the week.

"This is so stupid," Brandt said. "It's just an iPad. There are people being shot around the city."

He keeps the cameras just in case the store is held up but mostly uploads videos to YouTube from Pie Hole for fun, where many late-night customers come in "over served," he said. Most of the videos are of "crazy, bizarre things" that happen, such as people stealing parmesan shakers, he said.

"You never know what you get in the Hole, as we say," he said.