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Police Investigate Second Smash-And-Grab Burglary At Gunzo's Hockey Shop

By Stephanie Lulay | June 15, 2016 4:27pm
 Burglars have broken into Gunzo's Chicago, a hockey sports shop in the West Loop, afterhours twice this year.
Burglars have broken into Gunzo's Chicago, a hockey sports shop in the West Loop, afterhours twice this year.
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WEST LOOP — Police are investigating a smash-and-grab burglary that happened overnight at a West Loop hockey shop — the second at the shop in less than three months. 

In the early morning hours Tuesday, an unidentified man smashed out a bottom glass pane at Gunzo's Hockey Headquarters, a hockey sports shop at 1501 W. Madison St., according to a law enforcement source. 

Once inside and with the alarm blaring, the man quickly grabbed five jerseys before fleeing the scene, said Steve Jankowski, a Gunzo's sales associate who reviewed the store's surveillance footage. The jerseys retail for about $130 each. 

The security footage has since been turned over to the police, Jankowski said at the shop Wednesday. 

"They were looking for high-profit items that they can resale," he said. 

It's the second time the shop has been targeted in recent months. At 2:10 a.m. March 29, someone kicked in the door at Gunzo's and took Blackhawks merchandise and money from the cash register, police said. 

In that incident, the burglar, wearing a Blackhawks jacket and hat, kicked out a pane of glass from the shop's front door, triggering an alarm. 

Thanks to an anonymous tip to the store, the first burglar was caught by police. The man was caught reselling the stolen Gunzo's jerseys out of the trunk of his car, Jankowski said.

Owner Keith Jackson, who owns three Gunzo's shops in Chicago and suburbs and two Pequods restaurants, told the Sun-Times in March that the apparel is popular on the secondary street market. 

“Obviously we know our Blackhawks are very popular,” Jackson said.

Police had no additional information.

The latest burglar broke in by punching out a window at the Gunzo's Chicago, a hockey sports shop. [DNAinfo/Stephanie Lulay]

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