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Police investigating burglary at Wally’s Restaurant in Park Ridge

Police taped off the parking lot at Wally's Restaurant Monday morning to investigate a burglary overnight between Sunday and Monday.  |  Jennifer Johnson/Sun-Times Media

Police taped off the parking lot at Wally's Restaurant Monday morning to investigate a burglary overnight between Sunday and Monday. | Jennifer Johnson/Sun-Times Media

Park Ridge police are investigating the burglary of a popular Park Ridge restaurant that left much of the building ransacked Monday.
 
The break-in was reported just after 5 a.m. at Wally’s, 1006 N. Northwest Hwy. Deputy Police Chief Lou Jogmen said the business was forcefully entered through a side door and various areas of the building were ransacked. An undetermined amount of cash was also taken.
 
“We can’t get into too much specifics, because we’re still in the early stages (of the investigation),” Jogmen said Tuesday.
 
The burglary occurred while the restaurant was closed between 11 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13, and 5 a.m. the following morning. Officers were on the scene for 13 hours collecting evidence, Jogmen said. 
 
The yellow police tape strung across the parking lot drew interest from passersby and local media.
 
Jogmen said it is common for police tape to be used when property crimes, like burglaries, are under investigation, though he acknowledged that many associate it with more nefarious criminal activity.
 
“I think when they see that police tape people tend to make assumptions or start speculating that there was a much more serious crime where people were injured or hurt,” Jogmen said.
 
That was not the case in the Wally’s burglary, as no injuries were reported. The police tape was removed around 1 p.m. Monday, though the business remained closed.
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