Chicago break-in leads to international burglary ring bust

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A local break-in leads to an international robbery ring. Now Chicago police are trying to track down the people who had their valuables stolen.

At a news conference Friday, Chicago Police Sgt. Ed Wodnicki described an unbelievable haul of what police say are stolen goods -- from furs to power tools to video cameras -- recovered in a search warrant executed on a single home on the 3400 block of North Rutherford. It's an alleged storehouse for what police describe as an organized crew of Polish gypsies.

"It appears that this crew was active here in Chicago and across the Midwest, and may have also been involved in major thefts and burglaries across the country," said Chicago Police Cmdr. Eugene Roy.

Detectives say they're linking the crew to burglaries as far away as San Francisco, Calif.; Spokane, Wash.; Lexington, Ky.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Knoxville, Tenn. Surveillance photos allegedly catching the Polish gypsies stealing expensive Gold Coast watches in Chicago provided the first clue. Phone calls led to suspects, accused of hitting the "B Young and Company" jewelry store on Rush Street last weekend, getting away with expensive watches.

Police are putting the stolen items on display at the 18th district at 1160 North Larrabee in Chicago on Friday Oct. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. People can come in and survey the stolen property. Police say if you think anything might belong to you, you'll have to provide receipts to prove the items do in fact belong to you.

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