After vandals broke into at least a dozen Chicago businesses overnight, the businesses were left to pick up the remains.
Three hours passed between the late Monday night and early Tuesday am break-ins.
At 11:40 p.m. on Monday, the Daily Grill, a restaurant, was the target of the Windy City’s first attempted burglary. There was no entrance made inside the eatery, according to the Chicago Police Department.
After making their getaway, the criminals broke into and took possession of at least twelve neighbourhood restaurants, coffee shops, and enterprises before dawn on Tuesday at 2:30 a.m.
At one point, some vandals were observed smashing a glass pane using cinder bricks.
According to authorities, the robbers took the cash register from the restaurant.
Co-owner of a restaurant that was broken into, Cenk Duman, claimed that there is “no point” in hiring security since the robbers only took $200 from the cash register.
“There’s no point hiring security, I mean $200 in the cash register,” Duman told FOX 32. “What we’re considering, what other stores are considering, is just at night to leave the cash drawers open, empty, so they know that there is nothing there.
“Just to save on the breaking of the glass that’s really the most frustrating part. We’re missing out on sales, we have to close, we have to make insurance claims, it’s just such a headache,” Duman continued. “We’re just trying to run an honest business.”
Surveillance footage from Francos Italian Cuisine, an Italian restaurant, showed robbers smashing the glass entrance to gain entry.
The proprietor stated that in their 34 years of operation, they have been robbed twice in as many months.
There have been no arrests by police as of Tuesday night.
If the burglaries are related, the police have not stated this.