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Suspects steal vehicle from dealership in Harvard, use it to commit smash-and-grab burglary

Police say suspects stole a vehicle in Harvard and used it in a smash-and-grab burglary where they crashed the car into a cannabis dispensary in Winnebago County. The South Beloit Police Department said a smash-and-grab burglary occurred at 5:24 a.m. on August 2 at Sunnyside Cannabis Dispensary, 7000 First Ranger Drive in South Beloit. A […]

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2 suspects armed with hammers commit smash-and-grab robbery inside Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills

Police are searching for the suspects who threatened an employee while committing a smash-and-grab robbery at a jewelry store inside Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills. The Vernon Hills Police Department responded around 11:25 a.m. Monday to Z Fine Jewelry, 511 Hawthorn Center in Vernon Hills for a call of a robbery. Vernon Hills Police Department […]

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Multiple suspects commit 6 smash-and-grab burglaries at businesses in Vernon Hills

Police say they are searching for multiple suspects wanted for committing six smash-and-grab burglaries at businesses in Vernon Hills early Monday morning. Vernon Hills Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Jeff Hemesath said his department is investigating the string of commercial burglaries. Officers responded around 3:55 a.m. Monday to a commercial burglary at Rivertree Court shopping […]

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Legislation targets ‘smash and grab’ theft rings to create crime of organized retail theft

(The Center Square) – An Illinois lawmaker has proposed legislation to combat smash and grab retail theft operations, which would create the crime of “organized retail theft” in the Illinois criminal statute. The issue is a problem in the Chicago area where Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said something has to be done. “We’ve got to […]

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2 arrested in 2019 smash-and-grab from Gurnee phone store, police say

Police have charged a 19-year-old and a juvenile in connection with a smash-and-grab burglary of $6,000 in merchandise from a Gurnee cellphone store in early 2019. Kenshown I. Evans, 19, of Country Club Hills, was charged with felony counts of burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. Additionally, a juvenile was petitioned on similar charges […]

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Masked burglary crew strikes several gas stations, convenience stores in Lake County

A burglary crew consisting of four men in masks committed at least five smash-and-grabs at gas stations and convenience stores throughout Lake County early Monday morning. Two of the burglaries occurred in Deerfield, one in Riverwoods, one in Lake Forest and another in North Chicago, business owners told Lake and McHenry County Scanner. In Riverwoods, […]