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Jeff Park Homes Burglarized, Stores Robbed, Police Say

By Alex Nitkin | August 22, 2017 12:51pm
 Six home burglaries and two store robberies have been reported in Jefferson Park and Norwood Park since July 25, police said.
Six home burglaries and two store robberies have been reported in Jefferson Park and Norwood Park since July 25, police said.
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CHICAGO —  Two police alerts issued Monday warned residents in Jefferson Park and Norwood Park of a string of store robberies and home burglaries that have hit the area in the last month.

In each robbery, a man brandished a knife and demanded cash and cigarettes from the register, police said.

The first incident happened about 3:15 am. on Friday in the 6200 block of North Sayre Avenue, police said.

The second robbery was reported at 4:26 p.m. Sunday in the 6000 block of West Higgins Avenue.

The robber was described as a white or white Hispanic man in his early 20s, between 5-feet-9 and 6 feet, and weighing 180 to 200 pounds. He was seen wearing "an orange sweatshirt with stripes on sleeves, black pants, white gym shoes, gray and black knit hat with a white bandana," police said.

Police issued a separate alert about a series of home burglaries. In those crimes, someone got inside through a door or window and stole "electronics, jewelry, cash and other miscellaneous items," according to the alert.

The burglaries were reported at the following times and locations:

• 1-5 p.m. on July 25 in the 5000 block of North Major Avenue

• At 6 p.m. on July 25 in the 5600 block of West Leland Avenue

• Between 10 p.m. on Aug. 5 and 11 p.m. Aug. 6 in the 4500 block of North Mobile Avenue

• Between 11 a.m. and midnight on Aug. 12 in the 5500 block of North Mobile Avenue

• Between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Aug. 13 in the 5800 block of North Elston Avenue

• At 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 in the 5700 block of North Manton Avenue

Anyone with information on the incidents or suspects is asked to call detectives at 312-744-8263.