Hyde Park burglaries prompt community alert

September 15, 2013 ( CHICAGO)

The last break in is reported to have happened just three days ago. Police say the burglar gets in to a rear window or door and then steals laptops, cash, jewelry or simply anything of value.

Wael Ghousheh's Hyde Park grocery store is back open for business after the neighborhood market was burglarized.

"When I came here the door glass is broke, the cash register is gone, the DVR is gone, the laptop computer is gone, and all the product from the counter is gone," he said.

Ghousheh says it happened a week ago Sunday around 4 in the morning and is one of several burglaries recently reported in the Hyde Park area.

"Just because you live in Hyde park doesn't mean you're always safe," said Hyde Park resident Paula Thompson.

Chicago police have issued a community alert warning of the danger. They say so far, seven burglaries have occurred during this month.

Investigators say the most recent happened on September 12 in the 800 block of 52nd Street.

The crimes began on September 6 in the 5200 block of South Drexel.

After that, there were a half dozen reported break-ins along several Hyde Park blocks, including the 5100 block of South University, less than a block from President Obama's South Side home.

One Hyde Park resident says he learned about the burglaries after he was stopped by officers who said he matched the description of an offender.

"I was wondering way I was stopped for no reason," Rodney said.

The offender is described as African American with a braid hairstyle, about 6-feet tall weighing 150 pounds and wearing a white t-shirt.

And while some in the neighborhood remain on alert others aren't concerned at all.

"I leave my first-story window open all the time and I'm not worried about burglaries," said Hyde Park resident Fedor Manon.

In their alert, police ask that residents keep their doors and windows locked, that they keep their property well-lit and if they see anything suspicious, to call 911 immediately.

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