Burglars rolled over three nearby sushi restaurants over the weekend in Lakeview and Lincoln Park. Chicago police haven't issued a community alert, so it's not assumed the three incidents are connected.
They happened overnight on Saturday at New Tokyo and Kyoto Sushi Restaurant in Lakeview and Ponzu Sushi in Lincoln Park. Crime in Wrigleyville + Boystown first reported the buglaries.
James Suh, owner of Ponzu, said his restaurant stayed open until 11 p.m. on Saturday, and when staff returned on Sunday, they found burglars used tools to jack open the front door. Fortunately, the culprits made off with only $5 in a mostly-empty cash register. However, fixing the door with a new lock and other safety precautions forced Suh to spend about $700. Suh said the presence of tools made him feel the burglars were experienced.
"The damage isn't too much, but we feel insecure," he added.
The owners of the other two restaurants weren't available for comment. Suh said he hadn't heard that the other two sushi spots were burglarized until media contacted him. Chicago police confirmed the crimes, but said they didn't issue a community alert.