Wicker Park burglar thwarted by 'push' door at The Shambles on Division

A would-be burglar left a Wicker Park bar empty handed because he couldn't or didn't read a simple sign.
January 15, 2014 8:02:28 PM PST
A burglar dismantled a door lock while trying to break into a Wicker Park bar, but apparently didn't realize that if he'd just pushed the door instead of pulling, he would have gotten in.

It was all caught on surveillance video at The Shambles on West Division.

Owner Joe Lin says the thief had tools and was well-prepared, but something simple tripped him up.

"I don't know if he realized there was a security stick on there, because yeah, he did get confused, because he's like, 'I dismantled a lock, I should be able to get in. Why is this not working?'" said Lin.

Lin says there is a sign on the door that says "push." Apparently that's far too complicated for this guy. According to Lin, there was also an attempted break-in at a bar across the street.

Police are investigating a string of similar crimes.

Video via DNAInfo