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Burglar Sneaks Into Bucktown Homes While Victims Are Sleeping, Police Say

By Alisa Hauser | October 19, 2017 8:25am
 A man snuck into people's homes and stole belongings, in some cases striking neighbors while they were asleep, police said in a community alert issued Thursday. 
A man snuck into people's homes and stole belongings, in some cases striking neighbors while they were asleep, police said in a community alert issued Thursday. 
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BUCKTOWN — A man snuck into people's homes and stole belongings while the residents were asleep, police said Thursday. 

The burglaries occurred at these times, location and dates in Wicker Park, Bucktown and Noble Square:

• Between 8:20 a.m.-5:35 p.m. Sept. 20 in the 1300 block of North Bosworth Avenue 

• About 12:20 a.m. Sept. 22 in the 2200 block of West Charleston Avenue 

• At 2:15 a.m. Sept. 23 in the 2000 block of West Armitage Avenue 

• At 11 p.m. Sept. 23 in the 1900 block of West Schiller Street 

• At 12:24 p.m. Oct. 9 in the 2300 block of North Rockwell Street

Earlier, police said the burglary victims had been struck during the incidents but later said the victims were not harmed.

Officer Michael Carroll, a Chicago Police spokesman, provided some further details on the five cases.

In the 1300 block of North Bosworth Avenue, a man returned home from work to find lots of things missing. The burglar had gotten inside because the back door of the home was left open. Several pieces of jewelry were stolen.

In the 2200 block of West Charleston Avenue, a woman heard a noise and thought it was her roommate, but it was not. The man entered her bedroom and she screamed. He ran into the bathroom and jumped out of the bathroom window he had crawled through to get inside the garden-level apartment. He did not take anything.

In the 2000 block of West Armitage Avenue, the victims said they looked outside after a man buzzed their door and saw a man "quickly move out of sight." Then they went to bed at 10:15 p.m. and awoke to find a wallet stolen. The bathroom window was wide open and the burglar likely entered through the bathroom window.

In the 1900 West Schiller Street, a woman was sleeping in her room when she heard "large thumps from the first floor" and saw the front door was broken. She saw the man in her kitchen and he ran out the same front door that he had damaged. Nothing was taken.

In the 2300 block of Rockwell Street, the victim was working from home and "saw a dark figure." He did not lock his kitchen sliding door and the burglar had easily gotten inside. He stole a watch.

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