Bar owner: Burglar tried to pull open a push door

Jan. 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM
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CHICAGO, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A Chicago bar owner said a would-be burglar managed to remove a lock from a door, but was unable to open the push-only door by pulling on it.

Joe Lin, owner of The Shambles bar, said surveillance footage from early Friday depicts a man prying the lock from the front door of the business and dislodging a safety guard doorstop -- but he was unable to open the door because he only tried pulling on it despite a sticker on the door reading "PUSH," website DNAinfoChicago reported Thursday.

"It's much funnier on the video, but the still shots show him pulling on the door. He could have pushed it," Lin said.

He said the man's attempted break-in lasted from 6:43 a.m. to 6:47 a.m.

Lin said the man was hidden from public view by a temporary cover installed in front of the bar to protect patrons from the winter weather.

"The gall of him breaking in in broad daylight. It's light out, people are jogging by. I want to let other businesses know," Lin said.

Lin said the would-be burglar "ruined the door" but "never made it in."

Phil McFarland, owner of the neighboring SmallBar, said his door was also damaged early Friday when someone apparently was unable to dislodge a lock.

"The locksmith said they use vice grips to spin the cylinder, and it disengages the lock mechanism somehow. You could see tooth marks and damage to the cylinder from the squeeze and attempted twist," McFarland said. "Don't know why they couldn't get the lock off. Lucky?"

Police said they are investigating possible connections between the incidents and similar burglaries in the area.

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