Security footage shows string of smash-and-grab burglaries in Glenview, Des Plaines, police say

One group likely responsible for all 3 crimes, police say

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Police investigate smash-and-grab burglaries in Glenview, Des Plaines
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Cook County sheriff's police are investigating two smash and grab burglaries and a gas station ATM robbery attempt in Des Plaines and Glenview, IL.

COOK COUNTY, Ill. (WLS) -- Two smash-and-grab burglaries and one attempt happened in Glenview and Des Plaines on Sunday, the Cook County Sheriff's Office said.

The incidents occurred within 25 minutes of each other and it's likely that the same offenders committed all three crimes, police said. In the two successful burglaries, security footage showed a person smashing each business' glass front door before entering with other individuals. They tried and failed to remove the ATMs inside and instead took cash boxes and drawers along with lighters, cigarettes and alcohol before fleeing the scene.

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The first burglary happened at a gas station in the 600 block of Greenwood Road around 4:20 a.m., setting off an alarm and prompting police to respond. While responding to that call, police received another alarm call at a nearby business in the 900 block of Greenwood Road, where the second burglary took place. Then, at approximately 4:45 a.m., police received a third alarm call in the 9700 block of Potter Road, where they found the front glass door broken. Security footage showed two people using pry bars to break the entry door glass and a window. They did not go inside and left the scene.

In each of those three incidents, the people caught on camera were in a black or dark-colored Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and a black or dark-colored Nissan Altima. Police said their investigation is ongoing and asked anyone with information to call sheriff's police detectives at 708-865-4896 or 847-635-1188.