Lincoln Park Bike Shop Burglarized Again, Apart Of Recent Series Of Theft

Owner is considering closing up shop to avoid another incident.

Mike Krauser
February 19, 2019 - 8:48 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A series of North Side bike shop burglaries in recent weeks has the owner of one shop, in business in Lincoln Park since 1973, considering calling it quits. 

By the count of Cycle Smithy bike shop owner, Mark Mattei this is about the fifteenth bike shop burglary in Chicago in roughly six weeks - the second at his shop located in the 2400 block of North Clark Street.

The North Side bike shop was burglarized early Tuesday. Mattei said the burglars got away with roughly $20,000 worth of high-end road bikes; five of them stolen by four people, seen by a cab driver. The driver witnessed the burglars putting the bikes into cars around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. 

The witness told police the burglars drove off in two vehicles southbound on Lake Shore Drive.

WBBM: Are you truly considering hanging it up?

"Yes I am," Mattei said. "I don't see a recourse to this. I don't want to get hit a third time. I don't want to go through this a third time."

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The burglars broke into locks on new burglar fencing, smashed the glass door and broke locks on the inside, as well, which were installed after the last burglary. 

Cycle Smithy was last burglarized the morning of Jan. 27, according to police.

In January, other bike shops were burglarized in the Ravenswood and Lincoln Park neighborhoods on the North Side.

In each case, a group of burglars broke the glass front door and rode off on the bikes, police said.

Two of the break-ins happened in the 4700 block of North Damen Avenue, first about 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 12 and again about 4:30 a.m. on Jan. 23, police said.

Turin Bicycle, 4710 N. Damen, posted about the break-in Jan. 12 on its Facebook page. The shop reported that two of its “Willy” single cross bicycles were stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.

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