Chicago police investigating West Garfield Park crash-and-grab burglary

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CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago police are investigating another crash-and-grab burglary in West Garfield Park as residents in another neighborhood are calling for the city to address the crimes.

Wednesday morning’s gathering was convened by a coalition of West Town organizations looking to address what they say is a dramatic increase in robberies and armed robberies not just in West Town, but across the city over the last year.

The recent rash of crash and grabs of course came up as part of Wednesday discussion.

SEE ALSO: Crash-and-grab burglars hit Wicker Park shop; 5th clothing store hit in days, Chicago police say

The latest crash-and-grab burglary took place in West Garfield Park. Police said thieves used a used a pickup truck to smash into a clothing store called Tops and Bottoms at about 11:24 p.m. in the 3900-block of Madison Street.

Unlike previous crash and grabs police were able to arrest two suspects who they said were still inside the store when they arrived on the scene.

The incident brings the number of crash and grabs across the city over the last week up to at least eight.

The most recent one before this was reported Tuesday morning in Wicker Park, where surveillance video shows the moment a stolen Jeep was used to crash into Round Two. Ultimately however, the crew, of at least five thieves was unable to gain access.

Wednesday morning, community members, accompanied by 36th Ward Alderman Gil Villegas called on the mayor to meet with them on November 14 to discuss a plan to combat not just the smash and grabs but crime in general across the city.

“In our community right now what we’ve seen is armed robberies, what we’ve seen is burglaries what we’ve seen is shootings,” Alderman Villegas said. “What we’ve seen is carjackings in the community has had enough”

SEE ALSO: Chicago police issue alert after string of crash-and-grab burglaries

Those at the meeting called on the city to among other things, reopen what used to be the 13th Police District on Wood Street, saying that they can see a direct correlation between its closure and the uptick of crime in that specific area.

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