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Nearly $29K stolen from Oak Lawn shop with video gambling

Nearly $29000 was stolen burglary Avenue Flower Shop Sunday or Monday from gaming machines an ATM safe Oak Lawn police

Nearly $29,000 was stolen in a burglary at the Avenue Flower Shop on Sunday or Monday from gaming machines, an ATM and a safe, Oak Lawn police said. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 9, 2013 10:29AM



Oak Lawn police are investigating a burglary that netted nearly $29,000 — about a third of it from video gambling machines — from the Avenue Flower Shop, 10632 S. Cicero Ave.

The flower shop’s owner discovered the burglary when she arrived to open for business at 7:30 a.m. Monday, police said. She had closed at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

When she arrived Monday, she noticed the lock in the front door was missing, and saw the lights on the shop’s gambling machines were flashing, indicating they had been disabled, police said.

Upon their arrival, officers found that five gambling machines and an ATM had been pried open. A safe had also been opened, and cash drawers and money canisters were scattered on the floor. Old gambling slips, cash and coins also were found on the floor, police said.

A representative of Fair Share Gambling, 3410 W. 111th St., Chicago, arrived on the scene and told police that the ATM had contained $5,080, the five machines contained a total of $9,328, and the safe contained $14,364, police said, bringing the total stolen to $28,772.

The owner told police that all of her computers in the store had been damaged, and that the security video recorder had been stolen. There was no burglar alarm on the building, police said.

As of Wednesday, the space where the gambling machines had sat was still empty. New machines are on the way, a flower shop employee said.



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