Bike shop burglars swoop in before Skokie police arrive

SKOKIE, IL — A burglary at an Oakton Street business sparked a heavy police presence for several hours on Tuesday morning.

Shortly before 4 a.m., officers were dispatched to the site of Erik’s Bike Shop at 3801 Oakton St. for a burglar alarm report, according to Skokie police.

Police found someone had broken into the business but left before they arrived.

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After a search of the building, Skokie police said no one was in custody and they had not yet determined what, if anything, had been stolen.

Minneapolis-based Erik’s Bike Shop operates 30 stores throughout the Midwest, including stores in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

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According to Skokie police records, burglars also struck the building on Dec. 10, smashing the front window with what appeared to be a thermos. An attempted burglary at the business was also reported on December 13. Patch requested additional details about these incidents.

The latest early morning bike shop robbery in the area comes after a downtown Evanston bike shop was targeted twice in 10 days this month.

Three bikes were stolen on Dec. 4, then on Dec. 14, two more bikes were stolen from the Wheel and Sprocket store at 1027 Davis St., Evanston Now reported, a store manager saying the same suspects are believed to be at the origin of the two incidents. — and that there had been four similar robberies at bike shops in Chicago recently.

No information about suspects or suspicious vehicles was immediately available to a Skokie police spokesperson on Tuesday.

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