Chicago Police arrest 4 with gang ties in series of ‘smash-and-grab’ burglaries

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Police Department said Tuesday evening it has apprehended four offenders with documented affiliation to the Gangster Disciples street gang in a series of retail store burglaries in the area.

The burglaries occurred over a two-year span, targeting high-end stores on Michigan Avenue and the North Side, according to police.

Police said the offenders began by using crow bars and other tools to smash through windows. When the stores improved security measures, they then began using stolen vehicles to smash through secured doorways.

Police identified the four charged as Kenneth C. Greene, 23; Jawon Sellers, 24; Tommie Adams, 22; and Hershel Phillips, 18.

Police say the crew has gotten away with more than $2 million dollars in merchandise and may be responsible for as many as 40 robberies.

The investigation is ongoing.


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