CHICAGO — Police are searching for as many as 18 males who broke into a USPS office found in the Thompson Center in the Loop early Monday morning.
Police said the group broke into the front doors at the postal office near the 100 block of West Randolph Street around 12:35 a.m. It is unclear at this time if anything was taken from the post office.
According to a statement from USPIS, “The US Postal Inspectors and Chicago Police Department are investigating the property damage incident at the Post Office located at the Thompson Center.”
WGN also reached out to USPS for comment on what Chicagoans should do if they have mail to pick up at their Thompson Center location, as well as if there will be an alternative location available to do so while it is closed. They have yet to reply.
Advocates from the nearby West Loop Community Organization said incidents like this are a cause for concern for everyone in the area. The group has been advocating for more safety measures, including cameras and license plate reader technology.
“We are extremely concerned for overall safety. We are advocating for foot patrol to return as the West Loop has become a target for theft of all kinds,” said Julie Darling.
Darling also shared the organization is offering free street-smart seminars for anyone to take advantage of. Information for the seminars is posted on their website for anyone who wishes to learn more.
Compared to this time in 2021, the 1st District — where the Thompson Center is located — has seen an 89% increase in burglaries, 177% increase in motor vehicle thefts, 60% increase in shootings, and overall crime statistics have jumped by 138%, according to a district report from CPD.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects involved in the burglary of the post office mentioned above.
If you or someone you know has information that can help the USPIS or CPD in their investigation, USPIS encourages you to reach out to their 24/7 confidential tips hotline at 877-876-2455.
Police have no one in custody. Area Three detectives are investigating the incident.
No other information is available at this time.