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Lincoln Avenue Business Broken Into, Cash And Valuables Swiped

A man attempted to break into the Bad Apple at one point, but was scared off by a dishwasher and the restaurant's owner.

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LINCOLN SQUARE — A thief who broke into Lincoln Square business late last month, getting away with cash and valuables, was seen trying to get into the bar again Saturday, the owner said.

Craig Fass, owner of Bad Apple at 4300 N. Lincoln, said in an email a man tried to get through his restaurant’s back door around 4:30 p.m. Saturday. According to Fass, it’s the same man who successfully broke into a different business on the block on Oct. 26.

Chicago Police spokesman Jennifer Bryk said video surveillance from one of the businesses in the 4300 North Lincoln Avenue on Oct. 26 shows a man enter through the building’s back exit around 8:10 p.m. Once inside he went into an office where cash and other personal belongings were taken.

“The offender fled the business through the back exit after taking the items,” she said.

During that attempted break-in at Bad Apple, Fass said the man tried to enter the building’s basement, but he and a “brave” dishwasher got him to leave. Fass also says the man was seen trying to break into at least four other businesses on Lincoln Avenue on Oct. 26.

Bryk said no other reports of break-ins in the area were filed with police on Oct. 26.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the Bad Apple was burglarized on October 26. In fact, a neighboring restaurant was targeted on that date.