Days after an angry customer threw a brick through the door of Wieners Circle, hot dog stand cameras capture another crime

LINCOLN PARK — Just days after an angry customer threw a brick through the front door of Wieners Circle after being asked to wear a mask, hot dog stand cameras captured another crime outside the restaurant.

A WGN news crew was outside Wieners Circle, 2622 N. Clark St., reporting on the brick-throwing incident around 9 p.m. Sunday when someone stole a car idling behind them, according to police and a separate WGN story.

A 26-year-old man parked his black Honda Civic across from the hot dog stand in front of a 7-Eleven, 2619 N. Clark St., and left its doors unlocked as he ran inside, it was reported the police.

The victim noticed her car pulling away and attempted to chase her as she drove away, police said.

Video surveillance released Monday by the Wieners Circle shows a group of three men riding the Honda, with one of them getting inside and taking off with the car. Video later shows the car’s owner throwing a soda at the Honda and chasing it as the car drives past 7-Eleven.

“Why does it keep happening, Chicago stop the madness!” the Wieners Circle tweeted about the incident.

No one was in custody Monday morning as detectives investigated, police said.

The car theft happened just days after Wieners Circle was targeted by a maskless customer who became angry after staff asked him to wear a face covering. This incident was also captured on video and posted online in hopes of catching the vandal.

The man was visiting Wieners Circle around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday and threw two snowballs at Wieners Circle staff when they asked him to wear a mask, according to police and the hot dog stand.

The man left the hot dog stand in a car but returned shortly after with a brick he threw at the business’s front door, smashing its window, police said and the Viennas Circle.

“Everyone is safe and we are grateful for all the love,” Wieners Circle wrote in a tweet sharing security footage from the incident.

No one was in custody Monday morning as detectives investigated, police said. But the Wieners Circle crowdsourced, sharing the license plate number of the man’s getaway car, to crack the case.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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