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Widespread Looting in Chicago, Dozens of Stores Broken Into

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Widespread looting took place in Chicago overnight, with Apple, Old Navy, and Tesla stores among those hit during the riots.

The mayhem caused the city to raise bridges to cut off access to downtown, according to photographs and video footage.

The Chicago Police Department didn’t answer its non-emergency line on Monday morning and no official police statements have been issued.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown and Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, planned an 8 a.m. press conference “to discuss criminal activity overnight,” according to Brown’s office.

Dozens of stores, banks, and other businesses were looted across multiple neighborhoods in Chicago in riots that started late Sunday, CBS Chicago reported.

Videos downtown showed large groups of roving bands moving into businesses and out of the stores with stolen goods.

In many areas, no police officers were visible. In others, police responded and made arrests.

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People load merchandise into a car near a looted Best Buy store after parts of the city had widespread looting and vandalism in Chicago on Aug. 10, 2020. Police made several arrests during the night of unrest and recovered at least one firearm. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Police officers detain a man who was found inside of a Best Buy store after parts of the city had widespread looting and vandalism in Chicago on Aug. 10, 2020. Police made several arrests during the night of unrest and recovered at least one firearm. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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A jogger runs past a broken storefront window after parts of the city had widespread looting and vandalism, in Chicago on Aug. 10, 2020. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Apple store at the Lincoln Park Center and a Tesla location were ransacked.

Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins told WGN that he saw people arriving to downtown in cars before exiting the vehicles, smashing windows, looting, and fleeing.

The bridges were lowered around 7:30 a.m.

The cause of the unrest wasn’t known.

Crowds voiced anti-police sentiment in the neighborhood of Englewood earlier Sunday after officers exchanged gunfire with a suspect who fled from officers.

During the ensuing chase, the suspect took out a gun and fired shots at the officers, a police spokesman said in a statement. The officers returned fire and struck the man.

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