Chicago Police Investigate If Burglars Burgled Stores Then Dumped Cash Register Near Governor’s Home
Chicago Police are investigating a possible link between burglaries in several stores and a cash register that was thrown on the block where Illinois Governor JB Pritzker lives.
In a story first reported by CWB Chicago, a group of burglars broke into a liquor store at around 4:10 a.m. Thursday morning before robbing a market at around 4:35 a.m. stealing cash, cash registers, alcohol and tobacco products. They left the scene in a dark-colored four-door van. Less than 10 minutes later, police responded to a report that someone saw a group of men throw cash registers and other items on the street in the same block. Governor Pritzker lives in the Gold Coast district.
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At 4:47 a.m., a group of six men broke into a Burberry store on North Michigan Ave and stole goods.
A police spokesperson, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, said that “the incidents could not be specifically linked to each other at the moment” but that “detectives are still investigating”.
The Chicago Police Department recently announcement it hires 200 more homicide detectives, as an increase in crime in 2021 resulted in the most homicides in the city in a quarter of a century.
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Chicago finished 2021 with 797 homicides, the most seen in the city since 1996. Homicides last year were 25 more than in 2020. Other cities across the country saw an increase in homicides last year, but Chicago ended the year with more than any other city.
Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city’s main enemy is illegal guns and the city will also focus on cracking down on gangs.
“In too many neighborhoods, gangs are targeting young boys – promising young boys, young boys with a whole history and opportunity ahead of them,” Lightfoot said. “But they target them with false promises of wealth, an easy life, and a sense of purpose and belonging.”
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Lightfoot pushed to fund the $ 80 million police in 2020 amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd. But as crime raged in the city last year, she called on the federal government to send additional law enforcement resources to the city in December.
As of December 26 of last year, city-wide thefts have increased 21% since the start of the year, with 12,789 reported compared to 10,567 in 2020, according to police statistics.
Last month, Lightfoot critical business owners in areas like Michigan Avenue fail to do enough to protect their stores.
â€œSome of the downtown Michigan Avenue retailers, I’ll tell you, I’m disappointed they aren’t doing more to take safety and make it a priority,â€ Lightfoot said. “For example, we still have retailers who won’t make plans like having security guards in their stores.”
The Chicago Police Department did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.
Fox News’ Emma Colton contributed to this report