By Tara Molina and Charlie De Mar
CHICAGO (CBS) – Police raided all three restaurants in a popular pizza restaurant on Wednesday morning, helping the Illinois Department of Revenue with an unspecified criminal investigation, sources told CBS 2.
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Chicago police officers and city building officials were taking photos inside the Parlor Pizza restaurant at 405 N. Dearborn St. in River North. It appeared that the popular pizza chain was under investigation for possible financial crime.
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Parlor Pizza is linked with a state investigation with police and investigators present at the scene now.
Employees who showed up for work were turned away.
Closed by the city building service.
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Investigators were also at the location of the Wicker Park restaurant, 1824 W. Division St., and the West Loop location, 108 N. Green St. Officers were seen seated inside the West Loop store with stacks of boxes, CBS 2’s Jackie Kostek reported. Investigators spent several hours inside the three sites, which remained closed on Wednesday.
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Employees who showed up to work at River North were locked out and had no idea what was going on, CBS 2’s Tara Molina reported.
Officers could be seen through windows standing inside the River North location, and entering and exiting through the lane side entrance.
David Shapiro lives a short walk from the Wicker Park location and has taken photos of folded evidence boxes in the hands of a special agent and a heavy police presence.
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“It’s a big restaurant – a big chain. I’ve been there a few times myself, so I was just curious to see what was going on, ”Shapiro said. “A must-see for the region and the city – so disturbing for sure. “
In a statement, the Illinois Department of Revenue said, “In the event of potential violations of Illinois tax law and related offenses, our Bureau of Criminal Investigations will investigate the potential violations. However, the Illinois Department of Revenue cannot comment on ongoing investigations or their existence. “
An official with Chicago’s Department of Commercial Affairs and Consumer Protection said the restaurants have active and enforceable licenses and “are in good standing.” The Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said this was not part of today’s action.
An attorney for Pizza Parlor declined to comment.
In 2017, Parlor Pizza was sued in federal court for non-payment of overtime to former dishwashers.
This case was settled in February 2018.
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