VIDEO: Thief breaks into River North convenience store

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A small business owner hopes someone recognizes the man who broke into his River North store. (WLS)

Surveillance video shows a thief breaking into a River North convenience store Wednesday morning in the latest in a string of burglaries at downtown and North Side businesses.

Chicago police are asking businesses to keep their doors locked and windows secure after the string of recent business break-ins.

The most recent target may be a convenience store in River North at about midnight in the 500-block of North LaSalle Street. The glass front door was smashed in and a large rock was found nearby.

Surveillance video shows the suspect take what looks like a rock and throw it at the glass door. He picked up the object back up and then smashed it through the glass before reaching through the hole he created to unlock the door.

The owner of the convenience store said the thief swiped money from the lotto machine and petty cash reserve. He then threw bottles of whiskey and cartons of cigarettes into a garbage can and walked right out. The owner said he is frustrated it took police twenty minutes to respond to the call from his security company.

"I hope the police come right away. So, the police, if they come right away, they can catch him," he said. "Supposed to come right away. Five minutes, ten minutes, fifteen minutes. But, unfortunately, that's what happened."

Chicago police sent out an alert Tuesday about burglaries at business across River North, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Gold Coast and the Loop from Jan. 13-21.

The burglaries took place in:

The 1000-block of West North Ave. during early morning hours on Jan. 13

The first block of West Huron Street during early morning hours on Jan. 13

Three burglaries in the 1500-block of North Clark Street during early morning hours on Jan. 13

1500-block of North LaSalle Drive during early morning hours on Jan. 13

1200-block of North State Parkway during early morning hours on Jan. 21

200-block of West Grand Avenue during early morning hours on Jan. 13

200-block of West Wacker Drive during early morning hours on Jan. 13

In each incident, the suspect broke in through glass doors or windows, pried open cash registers and took off with the money.

Police said a single thief may be responsible for all of it. The said the suspect is about 6 feet tall and has been wearing a black skull cap and a gray/black jacket, dark pants and black boots.

Police have not said if Wednesday morning's break-in is related to the previous robberies.

Police are asking businesses owners to keep track of any suspicious activity and to report it to Area Central Detectives at (312) 747-8380.
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